Rheumatoid Arthritis and non medical ways to ease the pain


I haven’t written a post specifically for a blog carnival before – but I’m a firm believer in trying something new.  Also, I have learned a lot from the RA Warrior website, so I’d like to contribute back!

The topic is non-medical pain relief.  I guess it goes without saying that we all take a bunch of medications to ease our pain.  With varying degrees of success.  Otherwise we wouldn’t need some of the things I am listing below.  These are my top 7.


7.  Icy gel.  Sometimes when my joints are burning hot, this stuff is the best thing ever!  It’s quick and easy to apply…my only gripe is that it doesn’t last long enough.  Oh and it smells a bit.  Mmmmmm….menthol!  Not gonna work if you’ve got company for dinner, but any other time, rub it in liberally!






6.  Heat rub.  This stuff has capsaicin in it.  So it doesn’t smell like a gym locker room, but it does get HOT!   In fact, sometimes too hot.  The problem with this cream is that a little goes a long way, and very it’s easy to over do it.  It also lasts for days…and gets re-activated with heat.  So it’s a surprise package…sometimes a day and a half after applying it, it will heat up again after a hot shower.  But it works a treat for the most part.  Highly recommended because it doesn’t smell bad…advise caution though because it lasts and lasts and lasts.  And once it’s on your skin, there’s no way to cool it down.  There is also evidence to show that capsaicin actually works to reduce pain via the nervous system – it’s not just topical relief.  But that’s another post.



5.  Bath.  I don’t have a bath at the moment.  But this is the bathtub in the house that I’m moving into soon.  It’s huge.  I’m rather a large person…this is going to be bliss!  I look forward to being able to soak my whole body, all at once, in this massive tub.  I might still have to bend myself into an ‘L’ shape…but that’s OK!





4.  Shower!  When I’m feeling really lousy, but I have to go out somewhere, say to pick up the kids from school, or grab some food for dinner, there’s nothing so rejuvenating as a hot shower.  Ease away the aches, at least while you’re standing under it.  I usually drag myself out of bed in the mornings, slurp down a strong coffee…but the shower completes my transition to (semi) functioning human being.





3.  Heat packs.  I use these ALL the time.  Most of the time my joints want heat…to soothe that deep, gnawing ache.  I mostly use wheat bags.  I take them with me when I go to friend’s houses…and when I go on holiday there must be a microwave so that I can heat up these babies.  My best friends!






2.  Teddy Bear.  When nothing else works, there’s this guy.  Yep, it’s true.  On my worst days I lie in my bed and hold onto his plush red softness and sometimes I even cry.  But not for long.










1.  The number one non-medical thing that eases your pain is…someone who loves you.  Really loves you. Someone who will get your heat packs or icy gel, without complaint. Someone who will hug you if you can stand to be hugged…or tell you that they want to hug you are too tender to be hugged.  Someone who will get you a glass of water, or a glass of wine if that’s what helps.  Someone who will listen to you talk about your pain, to help you cope with it.   Most of all, someone who is prepared to just sit next to you. And stay.




Those are my top 7.  Unfortunately I don’t have No. 1 at the moment.  But I live in hope.

I look forward to reading and learning from everyone else in the blog carnival!  And thankyou RA Warrior.



    • I’ve been a shower girl out of necessity…but soon I will have that great big bath…and I can’t wait! But yes, nothing like the wheat bags to get you thru. I have a belt I can strap them too me with, and in winter with a great big sweater, you’d never know it was there. Bliss!

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  1. Hi there! Did you check out Connie’s post on how to make your own rice (or wheat or flaxseed, etc.) bags? I’m having my daughter make some for me! Then I would have 11 unusual ways to relieve RA pain!

    • Yes, I did! I loved that post. I am rather the hopeless seamstress but it looked easy enough…even for me. And when you consider that a heat pack costs me $20 I am definatley going to give it a try. Thanks much, Elizabeth

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  2. Hi all. Guess I missed the Carnival, but I do want to share 3 non medical things that help me a lot.
    !st is the grain filled bags that go in the microwave oven. . So comforting in bed or on a chair under my neck.

    Next is a tip from my OT therapist. A big bowl of rice to dip your aching hands in. This is when you want some COOL and soothing. Keep it in the fridge. Try it

    And 3rdly… I have found an exceptional pain cream. It is homeopathic and has 11 active ingredients like arnica, MSM,aloe,EMU oil, Glucosimine, Capsicum etc. These are theraputic, anti-inflammatory, nutritional ingredients that penetrate… not just menthol that can actually burn your nerve endings. AND the more you use it…the more relief you get. It’s called RealTime Pain Relief. AND yes..I’m selling it, but only cuz IT WORKS. Contact me for my website link or some free samples.

    Be blessed,
    Your fellow RA warrior

  3. I love wheat bags and the salonpas patches you get from the Asian grocery stores, like heat cream but in great little adhesive patches that stay hot for ages. I also love my foot massager from aldi. And emotionally I love my coffees in bed made by my little boys and my lovely bulldog who will snooze the day away lying next to me.

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