While you have to accept that arthritis is your reality, it still can become overwhelming at times. When arthritis brings you to your knees and buries you in a funk, what lifts you up? What cheers you, puts a smile back on your face, and gives you the strength to get through another day? Think about it for a moment. What is it that really lifts you up?Share Your Feelings
What lifts me up
- What lifts me up is remembering that while I have bad days with my RA, I also have good days. I also appreciate my Rheumatologist, who worked with me for a long time to find the best meds and lifestyle changes to help manage my RA.
- —Guest Guest Misti
What lifts me up!
- I start the day telling my family that today is not a good day & I need it for myself. Then I go and take a really hot bath loaded with my favorite bubble bath & favorite CD playing & candles. After I dress in my most comfortable robe, I slather scented lotion on and then fix myself a cup to herbal tea. If warm enough, I sit on my deck & watch the birds feeding in my backyard while enjoying the Sierra Nevada mountains out my back door.
- —Guest wildhorses341
What Lifts Me UP?
- My 4 grand children. They are 10, 7 and 4 and they make me get up and do things. They really don't care about griping about the pain or limitations, they are kids. My youngest, my grandson, is a great kid he rubs my back and tells me my hair smells good and charms me into making dinner, playing trains, getting up and going. He has a natural skill and when he grows up he is going to find a cure for osteoarthritis. I would be in a lot of trouble without my little motivators. So far grandchildren are the best treatment for osteoarthritis. I love them.
- Going to try at least a few of the above mentioned ways to live with arthritis.. I personally also recommend hot packs, especially the natural ones as a relief. I use the Nature Creation brand, but I am sure most others are just as good!
- —Guest John Rend
- Hi Carol, was wondering if you have ever seen a book called Honeybees never get arthritis. It was written by a man from Vermont who had run for govenor. I would say the book was published around 1980 or so. He traveled all over America speaking to people who kept bees and also mentioned a doctor in Hollywood, Ca. who would use bee stings on people, he would use ice placed where the pain was before stinging his patients, the ice would numb the pain. One of his patients was Fred Mertz, from the I Love Lucy show, he came in one day and said what can you do for me today, after a number of stings over a period of time he was able to lift his arms above his shoulders. He gave the doctor a 100 dollar tip, for curing his arthritis.
- —Guest Robert
- Every now and then, my husband will volunteer to rub analgesic cream on affected areas! Thank you honey!