Taking an anti-inflammatory medication daily to reduce inflammation and keep it from flaring up again. Also, as said above, using ice packs is excellent and medicated rubs like icyhot, BenGay, Tigerbalm, any of the OTC rubs can help alleviate symptoms. The rubs help mask symptoms but the ice can truly help inflammation. Resting the joints helps but it is also necessary to do some light exercise as well to keep the joints loosened up so they dont get as stiff. You can talk to your healthcare provider about some of the newer treatments as well. Also, studies have not proved glucosamine/chondroitin to be effective but many arthritis sufferers swear that it works so it may be worth a try to see if it works for you.
Drink plenty of fluids (water, teas) stay away from sugar, avoid night shade vegitables, take L-Lysine 1000 mg daily in divided doses on an empty stomach, avoid dairy, red meat, eat raw fruit and cooked vegitables (brocolli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, take acidophlus - this is also preventative information. Start taking an antiinflammatory OTC (keeping in mind that it will take a few days to work). Talk to your doctor about a dosing regimin (Medrol Dosepak) or methylprednosolone. If you can soak in epsom salt bath. Keep moving also, walk or do something to keep active and your joints moving.
It took me 7 years to find this regimin - having gone from severe RA to mild.
Good luck and good health to you Lori!
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