In many ways, every day brings new challenges when you’re a caregiver. You may be dealing with multiple conditions, some chronic, only to discover even more with every doctor you visit.
If one of your loved one’s recent diagnosis’s has been rheumatoid arthritis, pain may be a common word in your vocabulary. How do you care for someone who is in constant pain? How can you ease their comfort and decrease their pain?
Practice relaxation. When you are in pain, you tend to tense up. Focus in a moment to a minor pain you have in your body. Are you more tense in that area? Now consciously relax the muscles around the effected area. Notice the difference? For someone with rheumatoid arthritis, you can practice progressive relaxation in which you tense and relax your muscles from your feet up to your head, focusing in on reducing the amount of pain you experience in the most effected areas. By helping teach your loved one this practice, they can consciously choose to do so when they experience bursts of pain, whether you are around or not. [Read more…]