Once you have experienced an arthritis flare up, you won’t ever forget it.  Arthritis patients sometimes say they are in a “flare”. What clinically defines being in an arthritis flare? What should the patient do when they feel they are in a flare? What possible action would a rheumatologist take to treat a flare?  An arthritis flare up means an increase in symptoms.  Here are some tips for preventing an arthritis flare up.

  • Be Compliant With Your Treatment Plan – Once your doctor has established a treatment regimen for you, stick with the plan. Don’t skip your medications or other treatments.
  • Keep Moving But Pace Your Activities – Doctors recommend that arthritis patients keep moving in order to maintain range-of-motion in their joints and muscle strength. But, at the same time, it is important not to overdo activities.
  • Protect Your Joints – It is important for us not to stress our joints or add extra burden to the mechanics of our joints, especially those already affected by arthritis.
  • Reduce Stress – Stress has a negative impact on arthritis. Just about anyone you know with arthritis will tell you that stress of any kind worsens their arthritis symptoms.
  • Get Enough Rest and Sleep – Getting a decent amount of rest and sleep is important for people with arthritis. We need to rest our bodies even more than the average, healthy human.
  • Stay Away From Foods That Make You Feel Worse – The effect of diet on arthritis has been disputed for years. Some claim there is no direct effect, while others claim certain foods increase inflammation and make arthritis symptoms worse.

Read more at http://arthritis.about.com/od/arthritislearnthebasics/a/How-To-Prevent-An-Arthritis-Flare-Up.htm