Self-help and daily living for reactive arthritis
You may find that the following help to relieve some of the symptoms.
Rest and exercise
If your joints are inflamed, you may feel tired and generally unwell. Plenty of rest and sleep can play an important role in recovery during the early stages of reactive arthritis, but it’s also important that you try to keep your joints moving and maintain muscle strength. You may be advised by a physiotherapist or occupational therapist to do particular exercises, but you should avoid putting too much strain on inflamed joints.
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There are no diets that are proven to help reactive arthritis, although a well balanced diet is important for your general health and well-being.
Some people find that rose hip extract and fish oils reduce the need for anti-inflammatory drugs. You'll need to make sure that you take fish body oil (made from tissues of fatty fish like sardines, sprat, salmon and mackerel) and not fish liver oil (made by pressing the cooked liver of halibut, shark or, most commonly, cod). It can be dangerous to take fish liver oil in the large doses that would be needed for arthritis.
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Complementary and alternative medicine may have a role to play in the control of individual joint symptoms. These may include acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage and dietary supplements.
Read more about complementary and alternative medicine for arthritis.