Many people living with haemophilia are also living with other diseases, such as osteoporosis, obesity, hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, and various psychosocial issues associated with consequences of haemophilia, such as pain.
These conditions should be managed appropriately, along with the help of the medical team, because some of them may magnify problems associated with haemophilia.
For example, haemophilia is associated with low bone mineral density (osteoporosis), which is also related to arthropathic joints, loss of joint movement, and muscle weakness. If joint health permits, suitable weight-bearing activities are recommended because they maintain good bone density. Consult with your healthcare provider for a prescribed activity regimen. Regular physical activity may also help prevent obesity, which may increase arthropathic pain.
Additionally, talking to others–friends, family, healthcare professionals, and other people with haemophilia–can be a great comfort. Contact your local patient organization or haemophilia/bleeding condition treatment centre on the World Federation of Hemophilia Web site.