According to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) “rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the synovium.”
The Arthritis Foundation stated that the synovium is a lubricating membrane surrounding your joints and tendons.
This chronic disease causes inflammation as well as pain and swelling. Some of the areas of the body most affected by RA include the wrists, fingers, knees, feet, ankles and elbows.
If you suffer from RA there are various medications prescribed by your doctor to ease your pain and suffering. But there are also some easy at home tips you can use to temporarily relieve pain.
The following warming techniques to relieve rheumatoid arthritis pain are recommended by the Arthritis Foundation:
• Buy a moist heat pad from the drugstore, or make one at home by putting a wet wash cloth in a freezer bag and heating it in the microwave for one minute. Wrap the hot pack in a towel and place it over the affected area for 15 to 20 minutes.
• To soothe stiff and painful joints in your hands, apply mineral oil to your hands, put on rubber dishwashing gloves, and place your hands in hot tap water for 5 to 10 minutes.
• Take a long and very warm shower first thing in the morning to ease rheumatoid arthritis pain. Heat from the shower stream helps reduce morning stiffness.
• Incorporate other warming elements into your daily routines, such as warming your clothes in the dryer before dressing or using an electric blanket and turning it up before getting out of bed.
• Soak in a warm bath or whirlpool. By immersing yourself in heat, pain will melt away.
The UMMC recommended the following supplements to help relieve inflammation and pain. Please contact your doctor or health care practitioner before you take any supplements. Supplements may cause a negative reaction with other medications you may be prescribed.
Bromelain (500 mg - 2,000 mg three times daily)
This enzyme derived from pineapples may help reduce inflammation and pain.