Aside from taking a medication, what other things can I do for my RA?
Doing simple things such as exercising may help your flexibility and muscle strength (Strong muscles can help support your joints!). In addition, eating a healthy diet, getting enough rest, and avoiding smoking can help you feel better. Physical and occupational therapy may also help.
The thought of doing all these things may seem overwhelming. But you don’t have to do it alone! One online resource, RA Coach, offers specialized support for RA patients and their caregivers.
Signing up with RA Coach will give you years of access to a structured program that provides information, tools, and exercises designed for your specific needs. You can learn about self-help techniques that can help you reduce your pain and manage the emotional ups and downs of RA. If you struggle with developing or maintaining healthy lifestyle habits, RA Coach can help. It even offers tools to help you track your RA symptoms, treatment, and health.
How does using a syringe and vial compare to using an auto-injector pen?
There are typically far fewer steps involved when using an auto-injector pen than when using a vial and syringe. Plus, using a pen means you don’t need a separate vial and syringe to take your medication if it’s in a liquid solution.
Also, auto-injector pens may be associated with reduced pain on injection. In the case of subcutaneous methotrexate auto-injector pens, many people have noted they are relatively pain-free to use.
Finally, you and your doctor may prefer an auto-injector pen over a syringe and vial because it can deliver more accurate doses of methotrexate.
Individual people may have different sensitivities to being injected by any kind of needle or device. However, auto-injector pens were created to make it easy for people to inject themselves.
Pens that automatically inject methotrexate subcutaneously are no different; they were designed to ease the process of self-injection. Studies have shown that people using subcutaneous methotrexate auto-injector pens found them easy to use. Many patients using one type of subcutaneous methotrexate auto-injector pens have noted the injections were relatively pain-free.
Not hard at all. In fact, most people who have used subcutaneous methotrexate auto-injector pens have found them easy to use.
Of course, as with anything, there is a learning curve to using these pens—but there are people and other resources to help. Auto-injector pens were designed for ease of use and require only a few steps to use. In comparison, using a syringe and vial can require far more steps.
Healthcare providers can help guide you through the steps of how to use subcutaneous methotrexate auto-injector pens.
Also, companies that market subcutaneous methotrexate auto-injector pens provide videos and written instructions to guide you through the necessary steps.