Managing your Arthritis Flares

Managing your Arthritis Flares

When you think of a pain or something flaring up — you may think of a temporary allergic reaction— is a small annoyance that may last a short time.  For anyone with Arthritis, a flare can be much more serious and is a reminder that the disease is still with them, no matter how long in the past it has remained dormant. 

Understanding your Flares and Triggers is a journey, not a race!

What causes a flare?

An Arthritis flare is caused by something that may elevate your immune system response known as triggers.  Every person with Arthritis may have different triggers, but some of the most common are:

  • stress
  • exercise-related injuries
  • repetitive movements
  • cold weather
  • a drop in barometric pressure
  • infections
  • weight gain

These triggers are almost unpredictable, but there can be warning signs when a flare may happen.

Flares can be classified as mild, moderate, or severe. For example: A mild flare could perhaps be signaled by just pain and severe flares could have fatigue, and major joint and tissue pain.

Finding balance of what your triggers may be.

What are the Signs of being in a Arthritis Flare:

Prior to the onset of a flare, arthritis patients may notice a number of indicative signs:

  • Out of proportion and persistent fatigue
  • Persistent weakness
  • Aching all over
  • Slight to high fever
  • Persistent loss of appetite
  • Involuntary weight loss
  • Reduced range of motion at the location of the joint
  • Painful, stiff or swollen joints
  • Chest pain which increases with breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Persistent unusual headache

 

Can Anything Prevent a Arthritis flare:

Treatment plans for arthritis help may lessen the onset of symptoms and flares. Those plans may include:

  • acupuncture
  • diet:  vitamin intake
  • heat therapy to ease stiffness
  • cold compresses and ice for pain relief
  • massage therapy, though be sure your therapist is familiar with OA
  • breathing exercises to reduce stress
  • lots of rest between activities

Flares are to be treated seriously, however, as they are a sign that of increased disease activity. That is why it is imperative for arthritis patients to take care of themselves, as well as understand and follow their treatment plan.

At RheumaRelief, we recommend that anyone to diagnosed should take a step back and be aware of what their triggers might be.  Supplementing your medication with a healthy diet based around anti-oxidants has been shown to help with Arthritis Flares.

Sometimes, despite you and your medical caregiver’s best attempts, you may still experience a arthritis flare. If you suspect that you are having a flare, please contact your physician immediately so that any adjustments to your treatment plan and medications can be made.

 

Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

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