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RA AND THE FAMILY FIT

LIFE WITH RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

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July 2015

Pain and Getting A Good Night’s Sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep is hard to do when you’re in pain.  Have you just laid in bed and found yourself counting the areas of pain i.e. in your fingers, your feet or your wrist.  I found myself doing that last night and it started off with me thinking that my finger was hurting, then another area of pain and another.

Do you ever go through that and then find yourself worrying about waking up your family by tossing around so much. You can’t sleep, you can’t stop thinking about what’s hurting and how you can make the pain stop. Well that’s stressful on you and that makes it worst for you. Then in turn you do feel your worst and you find that you don’t want to worry your family with what you’re going through so it feels like a “vicious circle”.

Feeling pain constantly can bring you down, make you sad and cut you off from what you need most and that’s the support of your love ones.  Having that support is such an uplifting thing when the going gets rough and or rougher. So while we lay there in pain and wonder about our situation, hopefully there is someone that can give you the thing that you need the most the next day when you rise SUPPORT.

S – SMILE

U – UNDERSTANDING

P – PATIENCE

P – POSITIVITY

0 – OBJECTIVITY

R – RESPONSIBILITY

T – TIME (to feel better)

Here is to hoping that each of you get the support that you need and deserve.  We must always remember that above all GOD is our everything and through him, all things are given.

Understanding From Your Doctor

There are some who I find that have issues with their doctors whether it’s not having the sympathy that is needed by the patient, the understanding needed by the patient or the insight into what we might need as a patient.

Often I see patients who feel their doctors don’t really listen to them especially when they maybe seeing them regularly for pain outside of flares..i.e. consistent pain that you can’t seem to get under control, sleeping issues or depression.  At some point they may feel they’re being a nuisance or just not dealing with the pain well.  Well for most of us, it’s really not that simple.  We try hard not be a bother to anyone especially in a situation where there is no understanding, so to have a doctor who you feel doesn’t have your back is just another stress we have to deal with.

Of course, in all situations, there are some of the best doctors that a patient could ask for.  I in particular have one.  He diagnosed me within a short time and has done all that’s possible to help me.  So I am one of the lucky ones to have the understanding from most family, friends and doctor.

Will touch on pain and depression with this disease.

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