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Tips on coping with a flare up

All suggestions welcome!

I have recently emerged from a very nasty flare-up of my rheumatoid arthritis with all the usual symptoms of tiredness, painful swollen joints, a lack of energy, poor appetite, etc. I wondered whether the medical profession or any of your readers have ideas about how to deal with this. All I have found that helps is to basically give in to the symptoms and hope that they will soon calm down. All suggestions welcome!
Sally, North Wales (Spring 2010)

In answer to Sally’s question in Arthritis Today Spring 2010 about coping with rheumatoid arthritis flare ups, what I do is gentle exercise (if I can manage it), use frozen peas to bring down swelling and microwave wheatbags to ease pain (which work extremely well). I take paracetamol and naproxen to reduce inflammation. But sometimes, in the end all I can do is have a good cry and rest. I do take several supplements every day that I believe limit my occurrences of flare-ups and I find it is important to keep moving if at all possible. Hope this helps.
Lynn, Cheshire (Summer 2010)

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