Hi RA fam! So this will be my 1st fall & winter having RA. I live in Chicago and our winters are BRUTAL. It's only end of summer & already we have fall whether (which is killing me by the way). In the summer if the AC was too high I would stiffen up. I am so scared, absolutely PETRIFIED thinking of how it's going to feel in the winter. Anything I should know that will help me prepare? Any tips or things I should or should not do? Anything you have bought to ease the… read more
Along with compression you can buy these little heating gel packs that will add warmth for a little while for joint relief.
I hope that helps as much as miss the seasons I don't miss the cold
Your first winter will be fun, but not always in a good way. Compression helps with the pain. A pair of slim gloves that offer some type of compression under a very good pair of insulated gloves usually works for me. I'll add more later.
Flannels, or sweaters, of varying warmth. And several of them. Thrift stores are the best place to look for those.
But the main thing is to start listening to your body and make adjustments as you go along. You are now the proud owner of a body that works better than any retail barometer on the market. Ultimately, you'll find out what works for you as this nuisance in our lives can vary widely between all of us. My typical winter outer wear consists of one or two flannels, depending on the temp, a heavy duty winter coat. I use mechanic gloves for driving because they add just enough warmth and are usually compressive on their own. Two for one! But I also have a good pair of Thinsulate gloves for outdoor activities. If you want added warmth, they make heat packs for gloves. Saves on the electric gloves. And finally, I own and use thermal underwear. Discreet and keeps you warm.
9. Green Tea According to a 2011 study in Arthritis Research and Therapy, green tea helps prevent as well as control symptoms of osteoarthritis. It has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that help reduce joint pain and swelling. Moreover, green tea helps preserve bone density and maintain bone strength.
1. Add 1 teaspoon of green tea leaves to a cup of hot water.
2. Cover and steep for a few minutes.
3. Strain, then add a little honey.
4. Drink 2 to 3 cups of green tea daily.
10. Cinnamon A popular Ayurvedic remedy for osteoarthritis is cinnamon. Known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, cinnamon can help fight joint pain and swelling. It will also relax stiff muscles.
• Mix 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder and 1 tablespoon of honey in a glass of warm water. Drink it every morning on an empty stomach.
• Another option is to make a paste of cinnamon powder with a little water. You can also add a little honey. Use it to massage the affected area for a few minutes 2 or 3 times daily.
Follow these remedies until your condition improves.
• Try to sleep well as it helps cope with the pain and stress of osteoarthritis.
• Use a mixture of avocado and soybean oils to massage the affected areas to control pain and inflammation.
• Quit smoking and drinking as they may worsen your condition.
• Meditate to keep your mind off the pain.
• Try yoga to improve joint flexibility and strengthen muscles.
• Practice tai chi 2 or 3 times a week to get rid of symptoms.
• Try splints, braces, canes and other devices that can help ease your discomfort and prevent injury.
• Stay positive as it can have a huge impact on how you feel and how well you function.
• Ask your doctor for nutritional supplements that can help manage your symptoms.
• Expose affected areas to morning sunlight to get vitamin D, which is essential for healthy bones.
• Include foods rich in vitamins C and E in your diet. These vitamins help keep your bones strong and manage the symptoms.
• Eat foods high in omega-3 fatty acids like nuts, seeds and cold-water fish to reduce inflammation and pain.
• If you are overweight, take necessary steps to lose weight. This will reduce pressure on weight-bearing joints and, in turn, lessen pain. • You can also try acupuncture to relieve pain and improve mobility