High levels of stress can cause headaches, disturb sleep, and lead to high blood pressure and depression. Coping with stress properly becomes even more important if you are one of the more than 40 million Americans living with arthritis.
The complications and challenges of living with the chronic pain caused by arthritis can create stress. This alone can create a cycle within the relationship between arthritis and stress. This stress that comes along with having the disease can cause muscle tension and increased pain along with worsening arthritic symptoms. These symptoms can lead back to more stress.
So how should arthritis sufferers cope with this vicious cycle? The key is to reduce as much stress as possible. The following are tips that can help:
Joint specialists can help you cope with symptoms associated with arthritis. If you would like to speak with one of our joint care doctors at Litchfield Hills Orthopedic Associates, call (860) 352-0667 or request an appointment online.