Even a mostly enjoyable job can become a pain—literally—when you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and are dealing with the discomfort of a flare. As you probably know, your work life doesn’t need to be physically demanding to cause you trouble. In fact, a role that’s butt-in-seat can exacerbate your symptoms. “The most common challenges we hear from RA patients in the workforce involve sitting at their desk or standing up for long periods of time,” says John Gallucci, Jr., DPT, CEO of Jag-One Physical Therapy. “Managing your symptoms and knowing your limitations helps—it’s the best way to prevent missing work.” Check these tips for making it to quitting time comfortably.
Treat Yourself to an Early Tuck-in
We get it: Disappearing into Netflix in the evenings is one of life’s reliable pleasures, but try to stop at one episode. A successful day at work begins the night before. Of course, getting enough Z’s is easier said than done, especially when you’re feeling achy—and more than 56 percent of people with RA experience sleep problems, according to a 2018 study. For the best shuteye, hit the hay around the same time every night, keep your bedroom dark and cool, and avoid lit screens for at least an hour before bedtime.
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Taking time to shop and prepare healthy lunches and stash nourishing snacks in your desk is pretty much always worthwhile, and some research suggests it’s especially beneficial for those with RA. “A healthy diet can help control your symptoms,” says Gallucci, whose PT company has offices in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. While no one specific mode of eating has been proven effective for RA, Gallucci recommends prioritizing whole foods that limit inflammation, like fish, veggies, and nuts.
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