What is the Link between Rheumatoid Arthritis and Depression?
Rheumatoid arthritis seems to be one of the most common types of arthritis today. You have chronic pain and inflammation in your joints that affect your hands, wrists, feet and ankles. This can leave you feeling physically challenged and unable to enjoy your day to day activities that you used to do without thinking of your rheumatoid arthritis. Now just pulling weeds in the garden can be a painful experience. Going from having a life to having no life in just minutes. That is why there is a link between rheumatoid arthritis and depression. Continue to read and I will tell you more.
Waking up with the pain
Waking up with the pain of rheumatoid arthritis can ruin your day leaving you depressed. Have rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis leaves you even more depressed. Having a flare up first thing in your day, after having a bad day the day before can just cause you to spiral out of control. There is only so much you can handle day after day.
Exercise and depression
A lot of people believe, including myself and doctors, that exercise can help your depression. If I have a bad day, the first place you can find me is in a gym class. My friends know that is the first place to find me, second is the grocery store. Try swimming since it is low impact on your joints. The water is great for aerobics classes and kicks boxing. It may sound strange, but you do not need to swim laps in the pool to exercise in one. The difficult part about having rheumatoid arthritis is the fact that your joints do now allow you to exercise as you may have previously. This is what makes people spiral into a worse depression. My advice, see your doctor for advice.
Your doctor has diagnosed you with rheumatoid arthritis, so they are the best people to seek advice from if you are beginning to become depressed. Your doctor may prescribe you an antidepressant. This may alert you, but it is not something that should alarm you. People, you know probably take a mild antidepressant and probably do not advertise it. The point being this will help to ease your mind when you feel pain from your joints.
Joint Pain Relief
Speaking of achy joints, you should also seek out joint pain relief. There are numerous alternatives you can use besides medication. I know many people who swear by acupuncture. I know I am a big fan of massages. They help my neck and back like you would not believe. You can also seek herbal remedies from your local health food store. The point is, is that you do not have to live with achy joints if you do not want to.
Omega 3 Foods
Many people believe that your diet can also affect how your rheumatoid arthritis acts. Science shows that if you have a well balanced and healthy diet with omega 3 foods, that can help to reduce inflammation in your joints. Think plenty of fish, green vegetables and whole grains. Eating healthy can also help you feel better. With less inflammation and less achy joints, you will begin to feel more like yourself and feel less depressed (hopefully).
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Counselor and Doctors
If diet and exercise are not working, try writing or speaking with a counselor. I have done both, and they have helped in the past. Sometimes talking to an absolute stranger can make you see things clearer and make you feel better. If your joints are inflamed writing may not be easy to do. That is why I recommend speaking to a counselor more. When I was going through a difficult time in my life and was feeling quite depressed, I spoke to a counselor, and she helped me find my path again. This may be embarrassing like the antidepressants, but you can look at it as not taking a medication that you are afraid people are judging you for. Then again, when I told friends, I was seeing a counselor they told me they saw one as well. That may make you feel better too.
Having rheumatoid arthritis may cause depression, but it is about what you choose to do that will make you feel better. Change your diet, but start small at first. Take out two processed foods and switch them with whole grains and fish. Just small adjustments can lead to bigger solutions. Talk to a counselor, seek medical advice, and my favorite part is to treat your achy joints to a wonderful massage.