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Tips, Information, and Insights on Joint Pain and Treatment From the WebMD Rheumatoid Arthritis Community

A WebMD Community member says she often has cramps -- in her ankle, calf, and the sides of her lower arms. She asks other members if they've had similar experiences. She wonders if it could be a side effect of medicine she's taking or if it's just a result of joint changes.

Several members weigh in. Many of them have had cramping of some kind or another. They point out that muscle cramps are common with RA. They suggest it probably has nothing to do with medication. But it’s a good idea to check with your doctor to be sure.

One member recommends massaging calves and feet with lotion or baby oil before bed. A few members say muscle relaxants have helped them deal with the pain.

Are muscle cramps a problem for you? If so, what do you do to deal with them?

Join this discussion in the WebMD Rheumatoid Arthritis Community.

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