How to self-manage for patients with rheumatoid arthritis during the epidemic

Hello everyone! Today, let’s talk about how patients with rheumatoid joints can manage themselves if it is inconvenient to seek medical treatment during the epidemic.

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Patients with rheumatoid arthritis need to take medicine regularly for a long time. Due to the impact of the epidemic, many patients cannot return to the doctor in time, but they should pay attention to the following principles of medication:

First, try to take the medicines that you have taken before and confirm that there are no serious adverse reactions.

Second, slow-acting drugs that control the disease, short-term discontinuation or reduction, will not have a particularly large impact on symptoms, but they cannot be discontinued for a long time. Drugs such as methotrexate, leflunomide, and hydroxychloroquine.

Third, if there is still joint swelling and pain, the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs you are taking, also known as anti-inflammatory painkillers, should not be stopped for the time being. Such as aceclofenac, diclofenac, etoricoxib, ibuprofen, celecoxib, etc.

In addition, rheumatoid arthritis patients should also insist on soaking their feet in hot water every night, which can improve circulation and reduce symptoms.

Finally, the most important and easiest way to relieve symptoms is actually to exercise. Exercise can make our body secrete pain-relieving substances such as dopamine and endorphins, which can effectively reduce joint swelling and pain.

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis should try to choose soothing exercises in the morning, such as Baduanjin, yoga, Tai Chi, radio gymnastics, etc. Morning exercise can effectively reduce morning stiffness.

In the end, let us work together to fight the epidemic successfully as soon as possible. I also wish all patients and friends a stable condition and a happy life.

Source: Xi’an Fifth Hospital