Arthritis

#211 Keeping Your Arthritis Happy During Winter

November 3, 2014

It’s that time of year again, the part of the year that I love, all the pretty colours, constant soup making and an excuse to snuggle up on the sofa in the evenings. But, sadly my arthritis can make it a painful time of year, sometimes putting a dampener on things. However, over the years I’ve really learnt how to cope with it and I thought I would share my tips to keep happy during winter with chronic joint pain (if you have lupus or any other chronic illness these tips may also help). To be honest these tips might keep you happy even if you aren’t affected by an illness!

Hot water bottles are ESSENTIAL, whether you suffer from a chronic illness or not. Great for keeping your sore joints warm (I find cold makes the pain worse), for hugging and just general warmth during the winter!

Cardigans, socks, leggings… Simple to put on layers of clothing that you can wear to cover the sorest joints. Also go for things that don’t hurt to put on/take off (jumpers are the devil to wear when I can’t lift my arms). I tend to live in cardigans when I’m relaxing/slobbing round the house to try to keep my elbows warm (my most affected joints by far).

Stock up on pain killers. Well duh?! Obviously only take the recommended dose from the packet/your doctor and when mixing painkillers seek medical advice to make sure you can take them together.

Keep active. Well, it might be hard if you’re in lots of pain or if the weather is particularly wintery. But generally keeping your joints moving will stop them from seizing up and reducing pain. So wrap up warm and go for a gentle walk 🙂

Duvets. We have one that lives on the sofa, if I’m feeling crap I simply make camp there instead. This takes me on to my next point…

Rest. Lots of it. Appreciate your body needs to heal and look after yourself 🙂

I really do hope these tips help so you can get out and enjoy your winter more regardless of your pesky joints!

MissPond x

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P.S. I have written more tips about fatigue here at Arthur’s Place!

8 Comments

  • Reply Zsanett November 5, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Great advices! Loved your post. And you chose very nice pictures for your post. I think it is important, it shows that you are creative and organized. Thank you. 🙂

    • Reply MissPond November 6, 2014 at 9:47 am

      Glad you liked it.

  • Reply hannah November 5, 2014 at 11:44 am

    these are such good tips, I agree with them all! As a sufferer of Enhlers Danlos with poor joints being one of the symptoms i will definitely be joining you on the keep warm and active as much as possible front! x

    • Reply MissPond November 6, 2014 at 9:43 am

      🙂 I hope you have a good winter! Get that hot water bottle at the ready x

  • Reply lorna mai November 4, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    You seem very organised. I hope you don’t suffer too much this Winter. All of the above tips are handy for all of us at this time of year.

    • Reply MissPond November 5, 2014 at 7:37 am

      Thank you 🙂 Yes definitely good for everyone. Looking after yourself is so important!

  • Reply Elizabeth Rebecca November 3, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Great advice – especially keeping warm and rest 🙂

    • Reply MissPond November 4, 2014 at 9:24 am

      Thank you 🙂

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