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You might find some tasks cause pain or strain, and other activities become almost impossible. But don’t give up just yet!

Symptom Diary

A symptom diary is a tool which people can use to record their symptoms in a clear and structured way.
Keeping a symptom diary can help you:

  • Manage arthritis in daily life.
  • Talk with your health care team.
  • Find patterns.
  • identify changes.
  • Track your progress.

Contact our information line on 1800 011 041 for a hard copy version or for more information.

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Symptom Diary

Intimacy and arthritis

Sometimes the physical and emotional symptoms associated with arthritis can affect relationships, including sexual expression and enjoyment. However, there are ways to overcome these challenges.

To learn more about how to manage this aspect of your life download the information sheet which provides general information on how to maintain sexual intimacy while living with arthritis. Further sources of information are also listed.

Joint protection

Joints affected by arthritis are usually weaker and less stable than ‘normal’ joints. This makes them more vulnerable to damage, particularly from twisting or repetitive movements.

As soon as you find out you have arthritis, it is important to start looking after your joints. Small changes in the way you do things can greatly reduce the stress on your joints and help prevent problems becoming worse in the future.

Some ways to look after your joints:

Fatigue and arthritis

Fatigue is a feeling of both physical and mental tiredness.
It is often described as exhaustion or a lack of energy, and can make everyday tasks seem impossible.

Many people with arthritis experience fatigue, no matter what they have been doing or how much sleep they get. There are many possible causes of fatigue, including the disease activity, pain (which can also affect sleep), certain medicines, muscle weakness and wasting, or depression.

To learn more download the information sheet which provides general information on ways to deal with fatigue (tiredness), tips for conserving energy, and advice on making daily tasks easier. It also includes sources of further information.

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Fatigue and arthritis

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