Arthritis

How I Cope With Bad Days | Arthritis 

October 5, 2015

It’s no secret that I have battled with arthritis for a long time now. As much as I try and carry on living a normal life bad days do happen. However, there are a few things that definitely help me feel better on those days.

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  1. Get comfy!

    There is nothing better than getting comfy on a bad day, my minion duvet is usually my go too as it lives on our sofa. I curl up and keep warm and probably have a snooze, sleep helps repair your body, hence why it is important– and even more so when you’re a spoonie! I’m also known to watch happy films on the sofa on bad days, always good as a pick me up right?! My go too is of course Despicable Me.

  2. Turn to the medicine cabinet!

    I don’t always take pain killers, but sometimes I have no choice. I always make sure we have some in the house as there’s nothing worse than being in a lot of pain and finding none in the medicine drawer. I also have an emergency back up of steroids as last resort for very bad flare ups. Always talk to your practitioner about what you can take, and do ask them if you can have a stock supply of certain medications. Ibuprofen gel is also convenient for the days where you can’t put anymore tablets in your body.

  3. Chill out in the bath!

    If I can I take a hot bath (not always so easy when those joints are being stiff and annoying). Bad days are usually improved with a bath and a cosy towel to wrap up in after. I have quite bad eczema so I have to be careful with what I use, but organic bath oils seem to work fine for me and the smell is very relaxing. I also precariously balance my iPad in the bathroom and watch Netflix… Be careful if you follow me on that!

  4. Hot water bottles!

    Always useful, the old skool hot water bottle… Although I have had a few accidents with not tightening them very well – on bad days I have crap strength – so I have been burnt a few times before. I try to get Mr W to help, but it’s not always possible if he’s away, because of this I was quite excited to try the next gadget…

  5. LightStim* LED light therapy!

    I was recently sent the LightStim* for Pain to try, now this is a device that uses red LED lights as a therapy. The red light emitted from the unit is thought to stimulate circulation, helping with healing and easing affected joints. After using the LightStim* for over 2 months I have to admit I am pretty impressed, I just switch it on and place on my affected joints in turn for 10- 15 minutes. But you don’t just have to use the LightStim* for rheumatic pains though; bruises, muscular aches (such as after running- I found it so useful after my last few races) and back ache can all be eased by the LightStim* – Mr W pulled a muscle in his back last month and found it very useful. If you’re interested in the LightStim* it is pricey, coming in at £249 from Current Body, but if you’re accident prone like me it may be worth the investment!

  6. Keeping active!

    This may seem like a contradiction here, but being active boosts your circulation and can help beat fatigue. I’ve written about training with arthritis before, but I do find that on the lesser bad of the bad days even just getting out for a walk with Mr W can help boost my happiness and help my poorly joints.

So what do you use when you’re having a bad day? Do you have any self care tips spoonie or not? Let me know in the comments,

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P.S. * I was gifted the LightStim to review, as ever opinions are my own.

18 Comments

  • Reply Amy October 12, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    Oh I can sympathise with this. I was diagosed with arthritis when I was 20. While I am currently a lot better than I used to be I too get bad days, especially as the cold weather sets in. Really intruiged by the LED gadget, out of my price range at the time but the technology sounds interesting.

    <3
    Amy
    xx

    • Reply MissPond October 13, 2015 at 6:58 am

      I was diagnosed back at 18, almost a decade ago now! It’s definitely gotten better than it was, damp weather tends to set me off though. The LED is very similar to the infra red therapy you can get at your Drs, maybe worth a try in the future on those, sadly inevitable, bad days x

  • Reply Bec October 6, 2015 at 10:25 am

    I think I need that light LED thing – my osteo-arthritis in my fingers is giving me major pain at the moment – at least the pain jels seem to help a bit. Big hug hope your arthritis manageable at the moment esp as I know you’ve got lots on.
    love bec xx

    • Reply MissPond October 8, 2015 at 10:34 am

      You should try and get hot wax therapy, did wonders for my hand! I won’t tempt fate but things are ok x

  • Reply vicky October 5, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Lovely read x

  • Reply vicky October 5, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    I will have to share this post with a friend who has arthritis. Lovely read too x

  • Reply Mum to a Monster October 5, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    That looks really interesting. you wouldnt think a light would help

    • Reply MissPond October 5, 2015 at 11:12 pm

      It’s the wavelengths, they produce heat, which ultimately helps 🙂

  • Reply Jess October 5, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    Oh Emma bless you. I’m guessing it gets worse being on your feet in the lab all day? I’ll have to tell my fella about those lightstim things. Sounds like his dad would love one.

    • Reply MissPond October 5, 2015 at 11:12 pm

      Awww 🙂 It’s not so bad now I’m not in the lab anymore but I can’t sit around too much because it makes me stiff. It’s finding a balance 🙂

  • Reply Sue October 5, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    I get pain in my neck and have a bit of Arthritis in my knees. I use one of those heat bags for my neck. Have to agree that keeping active helps to keep those joints moving.
    As much as none of us like taking painkillers sometimes it’s the only remedy left on those bad days.

    • Reply MissPond October 5, 2015 at 7:36 pm

      Definitely agree on those super bad days painkillers are the only way. I used to have a heat bag but it got worn out and popped all over my microwave!!!

  • Reply Jessica October 5, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    I’m so sorry you struggle with arthritis! I can only imagine how painful that would be 🙁

    • Reply MissPond October 5, 2015 at 7:34 pm

      At least I have all these wonderful ways to help me cope 🙂

  • Reply Charlie October 5, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    With my dodgy back that LightStim thing sounds amazing. I’m the same when I get bouts of pain, I rely on being to lie down (usually on a hard surface), have painkillers and anti-inflammatories at the ready and a hot water bottle. Anything to help alleviate the pain a bit!
    Cx

    • Reply MissPond October 5, 2015 at 7:33 pm

      You’ll have to try it next time you’re up north! Hope your back is ok at the moment x

  • Reply JessicaLouise (@JessycaLouise) October 5, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Great post. I can relate to everyone of them and I love my Lightstim too. My bad days usually result in me snuggled up on the sofa and watching Netflix for hours. I sometimes find that swimming helps and we have a sauna which helps ease the pain every now and then, but getting the effort to go can be sometimes an issue. xx

    • Reply MissPond October 5, 2015 at 7:33 pm

      Thank you 🙂 There is nothing better than making a den on the sofa and watching telly on a bad day. I wish I could swim but my metal filled wrist makes me feel so self conscious (I swim all wonky now) so I don’t anymore. Although I do like soaking in a jacuzzi! x

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