Psoriatic Arthritis lives at the crossroads of itching related to psoriasis and stiffness from arthritis. It is a street corner that no one wants to end up on, but just because you find yourself at that intersection, it doesn’t mean you are stranded helplessly and alone. Knowing how to manage your symptoms during a flare-up will make it easier to adjust to living with psoriatic arthritis.
Let’s break it down so you can find some relief. Here are 5 tips to feel better with psoriatic arthritis:
01 Treat the Pain
Try taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDS) drugs such as ibuprofen to reduce discomfort. Ask your doctor if disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) or biologics could be right for you.
02 Give Yourself a Break
Stress is a known psoriatic arthritis trigger and increases sensitivity to pain. Try deep breathing, or your favorite stress relief technique to control stressful events. The fatigue that comes with psoriatic arthritis can be tough so practice good sleeping habits, even when you are not experiencing flare-ups to get the most energy out of sleep that you can. Take a soothing soak in the tub with Epson salt. Protip for all our psoriasis peeps: protect your skin by using warm to room temperature water instead of hot.
03 Make Food Your Fuel
Use these tips for an anti-inflammatory diet.
04 Work it Out
Proper exercise will keep your joints and tendons loose, strengthen muscles, and help manage weight. Whenever you have a flare-up be sure to stop any exercise that causes pain or discomfort. Find low impact exercises that are high impact for your health here.
05 Support Your Joints
Whether it be gel foot inserts or splints for your affected joint, try to minimize the pressure that gets applied to your affected areas when going about your day.
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