Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)is a chronic disorder that involves inflammation of the joints. Symptoms are sore, swollen, and stiff joints. It typically starts in small joints like the fingers and toes and expands to the ankle, wrist, knees, hips, and elbows. As it progressive, it has the power to damage bones and joints.
As RA is an autoimmune disease where the body attacks itself, there’s no cure. Medications ease some of the discomfort. Exercises also help. In some cases, surgery is necessary.
If your mom is diagnosed with RA, it’s important for her to keep up with appointments and care plan. A study released in the Arthritis Care & Research journal reveals that those with RA could have as much as a 47 percent higher risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
What is COPD?
COPD is a group of diseases that affect the lungs. It includes a form of asthma, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema. Symptoms range from breathlessness that worsens over time to tightness in the chest. The COPD Foundation believes that 30 million people have the disease, and 15 million may not know they do.
Your Mom Has COPD, What Now?
Often exposure to chemicals, dust, and pollution irritate the lungs of people with COPD. If oxygen intake is low, oxygen therapy will help. Inhalers are often used to help control the swelling of the airways to and in the lungs. Breathing exercises may help increase oxygen levels and expel carbon dioxide.
Generally, it’s important to avoid situations that exacerbate the situation. Keep germs away by washing hands and using hand sanitizer when a sink isn’t available. Don’t let your mom share someone’s cup or pen. Getting plenty of rest helps. Also, drinking water regularly will help. Keeping dust to a minimum and letting fresh air into the home is beneficial. Being around smokers is something your mom must avoid.
With rheumatoid arthritis, your mom may need help around the house. She may need rides to her appointments. If it has progressed to COPD, assistance with dusting, light housework, and laundry will help her avoid overexertion. Let a home care provder handle the cleaning solutions that irritate your mom’s lungs. While the house is cleaned, your mom can relax outside in the fresh air.
Home care providers help with all of that. Transportation, housework, laundry, and companionship are all possible. Learn more about the benefits of home care providers by calling today.