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Do's and Don'ts of Arthritis

Do's and Don'ts of Arthritis

About.com’s experts have put together a resource of top 10 Do’s and Don’ts for arthritis sufferers.

Among the top three Do’s are:

1. Pay attention to Early Symptoms

Early symptoms are “important to recognize.” They are “just the first layer to be uncovered before a definitive diagnosis and treatment plan can be established.”

2. Consult a Doctor if Symptoms Persist

Before administering self-treatment, make sure to contact a doctor when symptoms go unresolved.

3. Find a Doctor Whom You Trust Like Family

“The doctor-patient relationship must be open and honest.” The doctor should be “someone you can trust, someone who communicates well.”

Among the Top Three Don’ts are:

1. Don’t Expect Others to Fully Understand

“Unless they can walk a mile in your shoes —don’t expect too much.”

2. Don’t Stick with a Doctor Who Leaves You Feeling Dissatisfied

“…there is no reason to stay with a doctor who makes you feel uncomfortable for any reason.”

3. Don’t Give Up; There will be a Lifetime of Ups and Downs

“…until there is a cure, you must learn to cope with arthritis. Its disease course will be variable — so hang on – there will be ups and downs.”

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