Why Arthritis Can Stress You Out — and Cause Anxiety – Health Essentials from Cleveland Clinic (blog)

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Having arthritis can be a horribly painful disease. What most people do not know is that this can lead to anxiety. Having arthritis and anxiety are one in the same, and can cause each other. Worry about the future will cause anxiety, while the worrying comes from your pain and stress about arthritis.

Key Takeaways:

  • Some people are more motivated to follow an exercise program at home, while others may need the support of a class instructor, personal trainer or physical therapist.
  • Talk to your doctor about drugs to help reduce the pain. There is no medicine to cure arthritis, but nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help control your pain.
  • Eating healthy, especially foods shown to improve arthritis symptoms, can help reduce stress and pain.

“As arthritis symptoms progress, you may grow frustrated. You may struggle to put on socks, chop vegetables or do other things that were once routine.”