Habits That Can Make Your RA Worse

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What habits make your RA flare?

The answer isn't the same for everyone, but here are some things to avoid.

Pushing your body too hard might make your symptoms worse. So pace yourself. Take breaks when you need to.

Not getting enough sleep may also bring on a flare. So aim to get about six to eight hours of rest a night.

Your stress level may be linked to worse symptoms too. If you worry a lot, talk about it with a loved one or consider seeing a counselor.

You can also ask your doctor for a safe, stress-relieving exercise plan.

Next, do what you can to avoid catching infections like the flu. Get all the vaccinations you need, and keep your distance from sick people.

Finally, if you smoke, quit. Lighting up might make your RA medicines less effective, which could bring on more pain and joint damage. Talk to your doctor if you need help quitting.

Make healthy choices, and you'll maximize your chances of living well with RA.