Got Arthritis? Don't do this.
Make Sure You Have The Right Mindset
Stop Thinking You Can't Exercise
Too many people with arthritis are afraid they'll have more pain if they exercise and so they just don't get any exercise. This may be one of the biggest misconceptions about arthritis. Inactivity actually makes pain and disability from arthritis worse over time, while regular exercise keeps joints moving and prevents stiffness, strengthens the muscles around the joints, and improves mobility. It's smart to respect your arthritis pain, but don't let it stop you.
Stop Giving in to a Sedentary Lifestyle
It is also a commonly held belief that people with arthritis need to be more sedentary than is necessary. Of course, it's important to take it easy after an especially active day, or when your body is telling you to, but it shouldn't become a way of life.
Stop Eating an Unhealthy Diet That Packs on Pounds
Eating well and maintaining your ideal weight is important if you've got arthritis. Excess weight puts stress on weight-bearing joints, which will likely make arthritis pain worse.
Stop Ignoring Your Physical Limitations
Some people with arthritis push beyond their limits which can increase pain and put you at higher risk of joint damage. It is important to choose activities with your physical limitations in mind.
Stop Avoiding Mobility Aids Because Your Pride Gets in the Way
It can be hard to think about using some sort of mobility aid, but if you do need one and don't use it you risk missing out on things you would enjoy. A cane or wheelchair doesn't define who you are, and no one will judge you or think less of you for using one.
Stop Thinking That Your Arthritis Is Going Away
Many forms of arthritis are chronic diseases, meaning they can't be cured. As tough as it is to accept this, it's important to try. By being realistic about arthritis from the beginning—from seeing a doctor as soon as you have symptoms so you can begin treatment quickly to understanding the condition isn't going away—you'll be able to make decisions that will keep you as healthy and active as possible.
Stop Holding Back When You Consult With Your Doctor
Tell your doctor everything. In order for your doctor to have the best chance of helping you, he needs to know everything. Talk openly about what makes your condition better or worse, what concerns you have, and what you don't understand.
Stop Feeling Guilty
You may start to feel guilty when you can't do what you believe is expected of you. Be honest if you're struggling; the people who love you and care for you will understand and will be happy to help you work around your limitations.