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Should I try creams with capsaicin if I have rheumatoid arthritis?

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Capsaicin is an ingredient in hot peppers. Studies show it can ease pain when you rub your joints with cream that's got some in it.

At first you may feel more pain, but then it usually eases up.

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation. Arthritis Today: "Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain Relief Without Drugs" and "Progressive Muscle Relaxation."

American College of Rheumatology: "Joint Injection/Aspiration."

Brosseau, L. The Cochrane Library: "Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis in the hand." Published online January 21, 2009.

University of Maryland School of Medicine. Cochrane CAM Field: "Rheumatoid Arthritis."

Lyster, F.  , February 2011. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Rheumatoid Arthritis." 

National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society: "Sleep Improvement Strategies."

Reviewed by David Zelman on December 15, 2016

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation. Arthritis Today: "Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain Relief Without Drugs" and "Progressive Muscle Relaxation."

American College of Rheumatology: "Joint Injection/Aspiration."

Brosseau, L. The Cochrane Library: "Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis in the hand." Published online January 21, 2009.

University of Maryland School of Medicine. Cochrane CAM Field: "Rheumatoid Arthritis."

Lyster, F.  , February 2011. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Rheumatoid Arthritis." 

National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society: "Sleep Improvement Strategies."

Reviewed by David Zelman on December 15, 2016

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