WE ARTHRITIC WARRIORS NEED TO CONTROL THE EXCESSIVE ‘WHAT IF “ THOUGHTS…

Being Arthritic Warriors I am sure most of us indulge in Hypothetical Worry!

It’s a normal human tendency I guess, but only becomes uncontrolled when we focus excessively on hypothetical worries instead of realistic worries especially pertaining to our medical condition.

The ‘what if’ thoughts are typically about things we don’t have much control over and have noticed that this goes on a rampage if not controlled.

Practical worries concern things you do have control over, and they can help you be more proactive. If you’re very uncomfortable with uncertainty, you’re likely prone to hypothetical worry and spend a lot of time focused on the future instead of the present.

It’s hard to deal with the ‘what ifs’ and ‘should’ but you have to be kind to yourself. It’s taken me years to be able to manage them and of course I don’t always succeed, still struggling sometimes but I’ve got a lot better at letting the thoughts come and go without getting too involved with them.

Living with (RA) pain can feel like the glass is half empty. But negative thinking and expecting worse case scenarios can make your experience of pain worse. You may think, “My fingers are getting swollen. Soon they’ll make it too hard to cook the meals I love or paint the canvas. I should just give up cooking /painting entirely now!”  This type of thinking is called catastrophizing. The individual predicts and obsesses over a negative event or situation. Then, he or she decides that if it does happen, it will lead to the worst possible outcome, keeping no room for positivity.

Sometimes pain can become all-consuming and can prevent you from doing the things you enjoy, so in effect you may start living a pain-centered life.

It’s also important not to blame yourself if you struggle with these emotions as it can be a natural reaction to your situation. What is important is that you recognize when you may be catastrophizing and make efforts to stop this line of thinking for your health and overall wellbeing.

People with arthritis have to learn to successfully manage its impact on their physical, functional, social and psychological status, a process termed self-management.

Will be sharing at length my personal journey on this topic in my next uploads…

Till then…do remember for every minute you worry you loose sixty seconds of happiness in the present moment and also remember today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday!

Drinking Adequate Water promotes healthy joints!

 

If there’s a magical elixir to drink, it’s water. Hydration is vital for flushing toxins out of the body, which can help fight inflammation. Adequate water can help keep joints well lubricated and can help prevent arthritics attacks.

Water does many things for our body. But for someone suffering from arthritis, one of the most important tasks water has is lubricating the joints for pain-free movement.

Lack of drinking enough water, can result in lower metabolism etc. Lack of hydration has also been observed as a contributor of joint pain.

We should all be aware that around 60% of our joint cartilage is made of water, hence it is not surprising that lack of hydration is associated with joint pain. I have been explained by various medical professionals in basic terms…the water content in cartilage is regulated by proteins that become a gel-like consistency when they come into contact with water.  This gel-like liquid-synovial fluid  provides cushioning, lubrication, shock absorption and nutrition to the cartilage in our joints.  They are the framework, much like a sponge.  For the sponge to be “full” and provide that “cushion” it needs to be filled with water.

Joint pain usually occurs when the cartilage has been weakened or damaged, which then leads to typical symptoms such as inflammation, pain and stiffness. It is critical that we keep hydrated during periods of joint damage, otherwise our production of synovial fluid will be reduced and we increase our risk of friction pain and cartilage deterioration.

For healthier joints focus on staying hydrated properly, throughout the day.

Even if you take specific supplements for your joints, without enough water, they will not provide the best benefits.

Water is the best remedy…drink your way to better heath !

 

Eating Healthy…Benefits beyond Arthritis

Although there is no diet cure for arthritis, certain foods have been shown to fight inflammation, strengthen bones, and boost the immune system. Adding these foods to your balanced diet may help ease the symptoms of your arthritis and improve our overall joint health.

I have always observed that along with the use of medications,  a proper diet can curb the inflammatory responses from the body that cause pain.

New research now shows that foods may be a more frequent contributor to arthritis than is commonly recognized.

Maintaining the right weight by eating the right foods has always helped me. This is crucial as it’s our very hips and knees that support most, if not all, of our body weight.

Over the years I have noticed that the food I eat not only affects my overall health, but sometimes improves my other medical conditions and definitely might have slowed down my RA progression.

Whenever and wherever possible I try and commit myself to a diet that has fruits, vegetables, broths and whole grains. The numerous workshops have taught me that foods that provide natural antioxidants -are cellular superheroes that gulp up the free radical cells that contribute to development of RA.

Spices like turmeric , cinnamon and ginger are frequently used and processed foods are limited in my daily diet.  My next article will have some more details on this topic… until then …

ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY AS YOU STRIVE FOR WELLNESS

 

Inside the mind of a newly diagnosed Arthritic Warrior…..

Arthritic Warriors once when handed a diagnosis, all they want to know when they will take charge of their original lives and the pain should be reduced immediately, a very normal thought process… It is normal to feel a lot of anxiety and uncertainty with a new diagnosis. With one big answer can come a plethora of questions.

Once they meet the doctors, they need to know the recovery outcomes and readjustment of their lives…another normal thought process…

All what a warrior thinks are one’s own well-being coming on normal track at the earliest and how soon they will overcome this personal crisis in their lives!

Its only with continuous interactions with the medical team with a positive realistic approach that acceptance and willingness to change a warrior’s mindset, sets in automatically!

This happens I feel due to the fact that the warrior is seen as a whole individual and not just the condition! This adds a humane approach thereby inspiring the Arthritic Warrior to adapt a holistic approach to self-care and a medication regime and thus take charge of themselves!

Be strong ..be positive ..and yes ..you will overcome this too!!

WE as Rheumatic Warriors need to shift your internal dialogue to stay happy…

After a diagnosis the way we talk to our self from within is of utmost importance since it will affect our day to day living!

WE are all aware the automatic habit of the brain is “negativity bias.”

Feeling low and getting beaten emotionally is a sure let down… we need to turn around our mindset to walk into a better tomorrow….

WE usually tend to beat ourselves internally due to fluctuating emotions but it leads us nowhere…It’s just getting up when we fall down…that is the key! (No matter how many times we fall down.)

WE just need to get in the apt thought process, I don’t advocate saying we need to be happy 24×7 but yes, we need to incorporate both sides of the coin positive and the negative and have a happy perspective to life!

So, if we wish to transform ourselves, we need to deal with our inner thoughts and overcome all negative beliefs and self-sabotaging paradigms…thus we change our inner dialogue.

Change starts with our thinking and our thinking is a choice…so think twice before you brood again….

Happy thoughts …Positive energy !

What Is Considered a Rheumatic Disease?

 

My frequent visits to my Rheumatologist and other related medical personnel over the years made me aware that these are complex autoimmune and inflammatory diseases that cause the immune system to attack and damage the joints, tendons, ligaments, bones, muscles and sometimes involve damage to internal organs

Attending various workshops, I have been made aware that Rheumatic disease is not a single disorder, it encompasses more than 200 different diseases which span from various types of arthritis to osteoporosis and on to systemic connective tissue diseases.

  • Rheumatism refers to various painful medical conditions which affect joints, bones, cartilage, tendons, ligaments and muscles;
  • Rheumatic diseases, also called musculoskeletal diseases, are characterized by pain and a consequent reduction in the range of motion and function in one or more areas of the musculoskeletal system; in some diseases there are signs of inflammation: swelling, redness, warmth in the affected areas. Rheumatic diseases can also affect internal organs;
  • Some people use the word arthritis to refer to all Rheumatic diseases. Arthritis, which literally means joint inflammation, is just part of the rheumatic diseases. Arthritis in the restricted sense primarily involves: joint pain, joint stiffness, joint inflammation, and joint damage. (ref: eular.org)

Stay safe…concentrate on your well-being!