5 Tips to Live Better With Arthritis Pain

Arthritis has the unfortunate power of changing your entire life. Everything from your ability to work, to your emotional well-being, can be affected.

According to the CDC- an estimated 27.7% (54.4 million) of American adults live with doctor-diagnosed arthritis. If that number wasn't staggering enough, the CDC also states that about 43.5% (23.7 million) of those doctor-diagnosed individuals face daily limitations due to their arthritis. These limitations can range from the ability to walk a 1/4 mile to reaching above one's head. Besides these 2 limitations, there are 7 more common daily activities that are cited as being challenging, or even impossible when living with arthritis:

  1. Grip strength and ability.

  2. Sit for 2 hours.

  3. Lift or carry as much as 10 pounds.

  4. Climb a flight of stairs without resting.

  5. Push or pull heavy objects.

  6. Stand for 2 hours.

  7. Stoop, bend, or kneel.

Many of the above tasks are ones that most people take for granted, it's no wonder how arthritis can disrupt and steal so much of your life. If you've been diagnosed with arthritis you may even struggle with depression and/or anxiety due to chronic pain and fatigue. Therefore, it is so important that you take great care of yourself if you have been diagnosed with arthritis and find ways to maximize your health.

Finding ways to maximize your health when living with arthritis might just be easier than you think. Below are 5 simple ways to live a fuller, healthier life if you have arthritis:

  1. Talk to your doctor about anti-inflammatory medication. Keeping an open dialogue between you and your doctor regarding your arthritis diagnosis, in general, is very important. Specifically, though, it's important to d