Rheumatoid Arthritis Flares: Tips on Self-managing a RA Flare | Johns Hopkins Medicine

Rheumatoid Arthritis Flares: Tips on Self-managing a RA Flare | Johns Hopkins Medicine


(relaxing music) – I think the question I would ask a patient who’s going through a flare to ask him or herself is, “Do I really need to do
all of this in my day? “How can I prioritize? “What’s important for me to complete “in terms of a task in a day? “What should I let go of? “How can I carve some
time to get some rest?” Because it is true that
many of my patients, they tell me that rest
and pacing themselves are the key strategies that they use and when we have done
research on RA flares and what patients do in
terms of self-management, these two seem to be the most important. I think it is very important that when you go into your rheumatologist for your routine follow-up, to actually sit down and make a plan about how to approach a flare, when to reach out to your rheumatologist, and I think it’s also very important to log the number of flares you’re having between your clinic visits. Remember, as RA patients, you are going to be on medications whether it’s Methotrexate,
Leflunomide, or biologics, that can put you at risk for infections. So any time you have a
flare that’s unusual, any time there are fevers, rashes, or anything else that is just not typical of your flare, please reach out to your rheumatologist. But at the same time, if you have a flare which is much worse than
what you can deal with, or even if it’s not that worse but you are just concerned about how it is affecting you, reach out to your rheumatologist. We would rather hear from
you earlier than later. (relaxing music)

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