Life with arthritis: Tom

Life with arthritis: Tom


I’m Tom Roberts I spent a long time as
a secondary school teacher and I’ve been retired for quite a while now.
Before I had arthritis. I used to be a very active person, I did a lot of
jogging, I played badminton. It was an absolute shock. It’s a thing for old
people and at the time I was 48 years old and I didn’t think of myself in that
light at all. I was upset, I resented it, and I began to realize it’s part of the
human condition. It’s what’s going to happen. Turn it around and accept it and
then learn to deal with it learn to manage it. I used the computer and did a
lot of online research and through that I discovered there were a number of
charities in the field, but the one that focused most on helping individuals was
Arthritis Action. Arthritis Action was particularly useful because they help
individuals and I was able to see individual stories of other people
who’ve gone through what I’ve got. Promoting exercise, in whatever form you
were able to do it, and also changing your diet, modifying your diet
to reduce the risk factors and promote the recovery. That’s what helps. There are a lot of benefits to going
in the sauna and what I found is it relieved pain
virtually instantly. It being dry, I can read the paper I can use my iPad and
there’s a sound in there Wi-Fi and I could just sit in there for very long
period of time and get really comfortable, and bones and joints and
muscles just relax. It is the best painkiller I know and this no side
effects. I would always recommend somebody to
join Arthritis Action because it’s a supportive network. You learn a
lot of things about the condition that you have, but you meet other people that have
it. There’s a mutual support there and to be honest in the general sense, apart from the arthritis, I have never felt better

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