Every relationship has good days and bad days. When you toss a chronic condition like osteoarthritis(OA) into the mix, it can put an even bigger strain on things. However, there are steps you can take to make sure your OA doesn’t become a wedge in your relationship.

First off, it’s important to be open and honest with your partner. Be sure to share the things that you are going through and the things that you are feeling. If they aren’t aware, they’re not going to understand. Make sure to keep the lines of communication open and be direct. When your partner knows what you need and how you are feeling, they can make an effort to ensure those needs are met and empathize with you. It’s also important to reciprocate that to your partner to make sure you’re doing your best to meet their needs and avoid any resentment for both parties.

Intimacy is not lost due to OA. Find ways to prioritize intimate time with your partner and if you’re the one battling OA, plan accordingly. It may work best for you and your partner to schedule a “date” to have some intimate time. You can then plan to take your medication at an appropriate time or limit other activities that may cause your OA pain to increase or cause you to become fatigued.

On another note, many OA sufferers find themselves to be proud grandparents. Unfortunately, trying to keep up with a toddler does quite a number to those with osteoarthritis. Working together with your partner to keep the little ones entertained can be a lifesaver. Like they say; strength in numbers!

If you or someone you love is suffering from OA pain and looking for new treatment options to help manage symptoms, studies are enrolling now in your local area that may help.  Research doctors are evaluating possible new options and qualified participants may have access to potential new OA medications or procedures.  Participants often receive care from board-certified physicians and other medical staff, and may receive compensation for time and travel expenses. To learn more about these studies and to see if you qualify CLICK HERE.