Today, October 12th, marks World Arthritis Day, so what better time to talk about how to manage symptoms of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases? Rheumatoid arthritis causes inflammation, pain and limited mobility in joints, while there are a number of musculoskeletal disorders (such as osteoporosis) that can impact quality of life.
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These diseases don’t just affect the elderly; according to BoneAndJointBurden.org, musculoskeletal diseases impact more than 50-percent of the U.S. population aged 18 or older (that number jumps to around 75-percent for seniors aged 65 and beyond). Let’s look at seven ways you can manage the symptoms of related health problems…
1. Keep a Record of Symptoms
The World Arthritis Day website suggests keeping a log of your daily symptoms, which can be useful when it’s time to sit down with your doctor or other health professional.
This can also be an effective way to vent any emotions that come with these diseases, adds the site. Some people with chronic illnesses keep the suffering to themselves rather than talking to others, which can lead to feelings of isolation.