Pain Relief for Rheumatoid Arthritis

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You live with your rheumatoid arthritis every day. But there are ways to fight the pain. The most conventional way to manage your RA discomfort is with drugs. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, and corticosteroids can ease painful swelling in the joints. Disease modifying drugs can stop the inflammation and the damage to the joints.

A drug free way to feel better is all about moving. Gentle, non-impact exercise and stretching can strengthen the muscles around your joints. But don't overdo it, especially at first. Heat can ease your aches and help you relax. And a cold pack can numb the pain and slow muscle spasms.

There's not a lot of scientific research into alternative therapies for RA pain. But some things worth a try are massage, acupuncture and mindful meditation. If it helps you relax and de-stress, it could also lessen your pain.

Special diets have also not been proven to help. But eating foods rich in antioxidants and cutting out processed foods will improve your overall health. And that can help your body feel better.

Finally, stay positive and stay connected with friends and family during flare ups and rest. Listen to your body. You and your doctor know what's going to work best to manage your RA pain.