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Do you have any tips & tricks for coping?

  • By Rebecca Keymaster

    A woman on Facebook recommended that we have a topic on tips and tricks for living with psoriatic arthritis. Tips could range from anything – like, how you open jars when in a flare, how you keep track of your medical info., or even batch cooking ideas.
    So, what are your tips and tricks to living with PsA?

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  • By Rebecca Keymaster

    Okay, I’ll get things started by posting the tip on Facebook on how to open a jar!

    “If you have some strong rubber bands, placing one around a jar lid gives you a better grip to try to open a jar. If you are unable to place it on there, get someone else to do it. Rubber band on lid, covered with a dish towel helps. For new jars, run some hot water. In a pan, hold jar upside down with lid under water, often breaks the seal for you.

    I drink bottled water and have a bottle top opener that I use to open bottles, or ask son or grandson to open for me. Eating peanut butter is soothing to your joints, so they open those jars for me. I try to keep a jar beside my bed to eat some on achy days.”

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  • By Rojo

    I keep a pair of 12 inch Channellock® pliers in my kitchen. They have adjustable jaws and a no-slip grip. I think it’s a combination of the off-set head and the long arms that makes them work. The days I have trouble opening a bottle of water I can open any vacuum sealed jar (jelly, applesauce, pickles, etc) with almost no effort. These things are GREAT! They are available at any hardware store for less than $20. There are many different brands. Now if I only had a tool for opening the tab-pull tins of sardines and tuna. Those things are razor sharp. I can get them half off then lose leverage. If anyone has the answer I am all ears.

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