7 Hints and Tips on Living with Arthritis

Hello, it’s Thursday again, that has come around quick! That means its time for another 7 Hints and Tips post. This week I am focusing on Living with Arthritis.
Next week it’s Arthritis Care Week which runs from 14th – 21st May and I am supporting this cause as there is a lot of arthritis in my family. My mum has rheumatoid arthritis in her back and hands and has had it for many years. Her mum, my grandmother also suffered really bad with it. My dad has arthritis in his shoulder and my husband has gout which is a form of arthritis, and he will need to be on medication for it for the rest of his life. So as you can see arthritis affects everyone around me.


Rheumatoid Arthritis is a painful chronic progressive disease that is caused by the inflammation of joints. It can be in the wrists, ankles, fingers and feet. It causes deformity and immobility making it life changing for a lot of people. Some days can be worse according to my mum especially on wet weather days.

Osteoarthritis is basically wear and tare on your joints and bones. It causes pain and swelling in joints especially hips, knees and thumb joints.

These are my 7 hints and Tips on Living with Arthritis:

  1. Try and keep your weight down – This is important to help ease the pain on your joints, especially the hip and knee joints.
  2. Exercise – This will help to keep your joints moving. A gentle walk each day will give you massive benefits. Try swimming or yoga as well for slow movement exercise.
  3. Medication – Remember to take your medication that has been prescribed to you by your doctor. These will help reduce the pain and stiffness.
  4. Anti Inflammatory diet – There are no foods that will cure arthritis but some foods are known for their anti-inflammatory properties, and help to strengthen bones. Such as certain types of fish like salmon and mackerel known for omega-3. Cherries are excellent for gout due to their rich anthocyanins.
  5. Get Plenty of Sleep – Sufferers of arthritis may have trouble sleeping so it’s important to have the right bed for you. There are adjustable beds available to get the best nights sleep. You may find the perfect bed for you at adjustablebeds. There are a selection of beds with special orthopaedic mattresses and also reclining chairs on there for your daytime naps! Studies have suggested that a lack of sleep can worsen your symptoms. 
  6. Protect your joints – Try not to lift or carry heavy objects with your smaller joints like hands and wrists. Use your whole body or your larger joints. Use assisted devices to make your life easier. Open a door with your shoulder not your hand.
  7. Arrange your house to make your life easier – Move the bedroom downstairs so you don’t have to climb the stairs to bed. Have handrails installed around the bath/shower. 
I hope these hints and tips on living with arthritis are helpful to you.
Here is a free ebook to download on tips with living and sleeping with Arthritis

Do you know anyone with arthritis?

 Have you got any other tips on how to cope with living with arthritis?
 I would love to hear your thoughts.
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  1. 3rd June 2016 / 4:58 pm

    So important that people are aware of Arthritis. I also think it's important that people are aware of juvenile arthritis. One of my friend's son was diagnosed at 7 years old and he just never wanted to run anywhere. Of course, he didn't know any different from a life of pain so never complained about it so took ages to diagnose. He's now running about, but needs weekly injections which he hates and which make him sick and daily meds. Not a life for a young boy. 🙁 anyway, great post Rachel. #triballove x

  2. 12th May 2016 / 8:12 am

    Some great tips and advice especially the one about protecting your joints. My mother-in-law and my mum both suffer with mild arthritis so I'm sure this will help.

    Thank you for linking up to #KCACOLS and I hope to see you back again on Sunday

    • 14th May 2016 / 3:32 am

      Glad I can be of help. Thanks for commenting xx

  3. 11th May 2016 / 6:49 pm

    I'd add that cardio work that is non-weightbearing is better for your joints. Elliptical machines being much better than a standard treadmill for example #KCACOLS

    • 14th May 2016 / 3:33 am

      Fab, glad I can help. Thanks for commenting lovely xx

  4. 8th May 2016 / 6:26 am

    Some really helpful tips to help raise some awareness and to hopefully help people out too:) #kcacols

  5. 8th May 2016 / 6:08 am

    Really useful post. My grandad suffers with arthritis and he's just moved into a place where lots of these things can be put in place for him. He's 91, so he does fantastically well! #KCACOLS

    • 14th May 2016 / 3:30 am

      91! That's fantastic! Glad I can be of help xx

  6. 6th May 2016 / 10:09 pm

    My dad has RA and I'm sure I do tho I need to get my but to the doctors to find out but all the times I've been in the past I've been fobbed off with hypermobilty and stress and all sorts! Your tips are great and things I really NEED to remember to do because I don't and I suffer for it! I don't know how I landed on your blog? But great blog!

    • 7th May 2016 / 10:00 am

      Thanks Gemma, I am glad you like the blog. Don't let the doctors fob you off, it happens too often nowadays. Good luck with it all xx

  7. 5th May 2016 / 9:03 pm

    Some really great tips there. Great post!

  8. 5th May 2016 / 10:08 am

    Really great tips. I have several friends who suffer from this and have witnessed what a massive impact it can have on your life. I will share these tips with them x

    • 14th May 2016 / 3:29 am

      That's great, I'm glad these tips can be of help to you xx

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