Real-Life Coping Strategies for Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

Coping With Pain From Rheumatoid Arthritis

The long-term goal of pain management is to help you cope with a chronic, often disabling disease. You may be caught in a cycle of pain, depression, and stress. To break out of this cycle, you need to be an active participant with your doctor and other healthcare professionals in managing your pain. This may include physical therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, occupational therapy, biofeedback, relaxation techniques (for example, deep breathing and meditation), and family counseling therapy.
The following are suggestions of things you can do to manage pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis:
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Get 8 to 10 hours of sleep at night
  • Keep a daily diary of pain and mood changes to share with your physician
  • Choose a caring physician
  • Join a support group
  • Stay informed about new research on managing rheumatoid arthritis pain.
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