Dealing with the Disease

Whatever aches you're always battling, pain can be a daily, incapacitating reminder of illness. Find ways to cope and feel better. Whether you live with constant exhaustion or general tiredness, handle fatigue by boosting your energy to recharge your life. Swelling, joint pain, stiffness and redness. Learn the causes and effects of inflammation and how to beat it with medicine, exercise, diet, and more. Learn how to distinguish depression from the blues and how to find the help you need.

A case story about dealing with the diagnosis of RA follows:

I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis one year ago, at the age of 34. The first thing I did was look up all the definitions, explanations, and information I could gather. Unfortunately, it's all the same- every website, every book repeat the same info. What helped me learn the most about RA was reading personal experiences and stories of people who have it.

The power of mind over the body has been undoubtedly very significant and it can be used in order to cope with all negative events in life. It can be a very effective tool to fight also the effects of a chronic disease such as rheumatoid arthritis. We have all experienced that pleasant and unpleasant thoughts create a bodily reaction. Our heart rate and breathing can increase or slow down; we may get cold sweats; blushing, tears and so on. Crucially, just a memory or an image can create these physiological responses.

Your mind has the power to affect your body so you can work on a mental level to manage physical symptoms associated with chronic conditions. With training and practice, you can use your mind to relax your body, to reduce stress and anxiety, and to ease physical and emotional discomfort. You may even be able to rely less on medication for symptoms relief.

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