When you’ve just completed your first day of school, you’re probably feeling pretty good about your future.
The sun is shining, the temperature is up and you’ve got your textbooks out to hand.
You’re also not quite ready to tackle your first academic year, but you’re certainly excited to get to it.
But for those with arthritis, arthritis is not a fun time to be around.
It’s hard to forget the agony of your first year and the debilitating pain you’ll feel when you return home to find that you have arthritis again.
It can also be hard to know how to properly manage your arthritis, which means it’s often difficult to know what to do when you do get sick.
“You can’t just leave your symptoms at home,” says Dr Elizabeth McElroy, a GP and clinical associate professor of medicine at Sydney University.
“You can try and treat it but it’s still going to affect you in some way, shape or form.”
It can also mean that you need to spend a lot of time in hospital or in a specialist care unit.
And you can still feel pretty good on your first days back home.
But is it really that bad to get your arthritis under control?
The good news is there are a lot out there to help you, even if you don’t have a specialist in your area.
Here’s how you can make it easier to manage arthritis.
Take a break from activities You can start to feel better if you take a break to get away from the routine.
You might find that the stress of your schoolwork can be offset by taking a walk, a run or a run-up the hill.
Find a running group to start A run or run-through can also help reduce stress, according to the National Health and Medical Research Council.
“I’ve had people who are runners who feel so much better, they feel much better after they run, and I think that’s a really good thing,” Dr McElroys says.
“They don’t want to be walking down the street for five minutes, so they’ll take their time and they’ll be a bit more mindful.”
Use a stress ball A stress ball can also give you a sense of control over your arthritis.
It’s designed to relieve the pressure on the joints, says Dr McAlroy.
You put the ball in a water bottle or on your forearm and put it down to the side of your knee, says Sarah Jones, an osteopath at St Vincent’s Hospital.
You also put it in a cup, which makes it easy to hold and it’s easy to take it off.
The ball will release pressure on your joints and your skin if you let it sit there for too long.
There are a range of different types of stress balls available, but one of the best is the Therapeutic Stress Ball, which has an elastic band on the bottom that gently guides your joints to relax.
Dr McElroe recommends getting your arthritis checked out by a doctor and seeing a specialist if you can’t control it. 3.
Find a local doctor You can also use your own doctor to check out your arthritis if you’re feeling overwhelmed or if you have a serious medical condition.
If you can manage your pain with medication, you can ask a local GP for advice.
Ask your GP about getting a test to see if you’ve had an infection.
A simple test called the Pap smear can help check if you need antibiotics or if there are any symptoms of an infection, such as itching, burning or discomfort.
Other tests include blood tests for blood clotting, a blood test for antibodies to arthritis, and an ultrasound to see how your joints are responding to your arthritis treatment.
Get your joint tests done A local GP may also be able to give you advice about taking your arthritis medication, but this can be complicated.
Your GP will need to know about your history and whether you’ve been prescribed any other pain medications.
An arthritic knee can also make it difficult to get an MRI.
If you can, get a referral from a doctor to a specialist.
Get a specialist to do a scan Your GP may ask for a specialist opinion about whether you need a CT scan, which can be costly.
They can usually get a scan done, but the specialist can be a pain specialist or a physiotherapist.
Get pain relief with a physical therapist A physical therapist can be used as an alternative to a GP, and can help you to relax your joints, which may help with the symptoms of your arthritis and pain.
Make a plan to get help with arthritis and the symptoms that accompany it Dr McEwen recommends looking at your symptoms as an opportunity to develop a plan about how you