The Month Ahead: Your Relationships and Rheumatoid Arthritis

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    Winter tends to be hard on those of us who share our lives with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Many of us respond with flares whenever the weather changes and in the northern hemisphere, that seems to happen every few hours this time of year. If you were nodding as you read the opening of this paragraph, you may want to delve into our archives for help in dealing with flares and building your pain management toolkit.

     

    The RAHealthCentral team is right there with you, nursing our aches and pains. This winter has been hard on us — you might even say that we’ve been falling like flies! Anna will be off having surgery until the latter part of March. Britt has been having a rough time for a while and is off on short-term disability, trying her best to heal. And over the holidays, I went down like a ton of bricks with a nasty case of croup, and I have been off for the past month recovering.

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    The good news is that Marianna is still going strong, and I am back!

     

    It is February, the month in which we celebrate love. Marianna and I are both going to take a look at this topic from different angles. If you been having a rough time — or even if you just want to avoid having a rough time — self-care is an essential part of how you manage your chronic illness. But stepping away from what you have to do in order to take care of yourself can sometimes feel selfish. Marianna is going to take a look at how to practice self-care without the guilt.

     

    But that’s not the only way that chronic illness can affect how you perceive your life. There are times when it can feel as if you receive more than you give, and it can put an imbalance in your relationship. I’m very happy to share with you that Rick Phillips of RADiabetes is writing for us again this month. He will share tips on what people with chronic illness can do to support their partners.

     

    If you are single, you may have wondered if you haven’t found love because of your chronic illness. You wouldn’t be alone — many people with chronic illness have faced that idea at some point. Next week, I will explore this theory and what you can do about it.

     

    We also have a terrific amount of posts in our archives about love, relationships, and the horizontal tango. We’ll be sharing those throughout the month on the RAHealthCentral Facebook page.

     

    As always, we will also explore issues related to life with chronic illness and how to manage your RA. One extremely annoying and at times debilitating aspect of chronic illness can be nausea, either as a side effect for medication, or an effect of your illness. Later this month, I’ll write about queasiness and how to manage it.

    We look forward to talking to you both here on RAHealthCentral, as well as on our Facebook page!

     

    How are you handling winter?

     

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Published On: January 03, 2017