Long time Adults. Staying as young as you feel with Arthritis.
How old is old? Don’t worry, we don’t judge. The stigma that getting arthritis means you are now on your last legs is a battle we’re willing to take on and quash. It’s absolutely not true, you only have to look at the stats to know that. Sadly, even our youngsters struggle with arthritis. How we manage our day to day lives will keep us young. Every stage of life with arthritis has is a different story to tell. Young people are the forgotten minority in the Arthritis world, but you are just as important.
Diagnosis in adults is most common between 45-75 years old. For you it is even more important to keep on top of your symptoms. You have the luxury of being more mature around routines and good practice, but probably find less time to stay active (If this a wildly inaccurate assumption, we sincerely apologise!). Hopefully you will find our lifestyle tips and community forum useful in finding ways to cope with your condition and a support network of advice.
To compound things further, the feeling of fatigue associated with arthritis can exacerbate arthritis pain, make concentrating more difficult, and just generally impact on quality of life.
When you feel fatigued, the idea of being active or healthy and positive about your situation is a distant thought. This is one of the main reasons reaching out to a community and engaging with others in your situation is so important. Fighting fatigue and regaining your motivation can be achieved much more quickly with the help and inspiration of others.
As with all symptoms of arthritis, the usual rules apply in keeping them at bay. Stay active, eat well and start an exercise routine. Finding the motivation to do these things is where the real challenge exists.
REWSA – Routine, Eat well, Stay Active
Back pain is the biggest culprit for sleep loss, and will often cause you to wake during the night. Find a mattress that works for you, be careful not to sleep on one that is either too soft or too hard, as both can have a negative impact. The folks over at verywell (www.verywell.com) have written a great article on the best mattresses for arthritis, with the Tempur-Pedic Flex Prima Queen Mattress coming out 1st!