Although there is no cure for this condition, a healthy diet, rest, and exercise will help you a lot to improve your life quality! I know that anyone suffering of this condition has to take a bunch of pills, because the pain can be unbearable, but along with your painkillers, you can try the following science-backed techniques to alleviate rheumatoid arthritis pain.
1. Heat and cold
Many doctors recommend this method to alleviate bone pain, in general. And RA makes no excuse.
Cold: apply an ice pack on the affect joint and keep it there as much as you can.
Heat: rice sock is the most effective for this method, but you can use hot water in bottle as well. So, add rice in a sock and heat it in the microwave. Apply the sock right after you removed the ice pack.
Repeat this cold-heat procedure for 30 minutes.
The magnet therapy comes in various forms, such as bracelets, necklaces, disks, and so on. You can find magnets in natural food stores. Just apply the bracelet on the affected joint, and let it there. Wear it anytime.
Is the best way to kill chemicals that cause inflammation. Just prepare a ginger infusion and drink the tea with small sips. Also, you can grate ginger and apply it to the affected joint, and then wrap it with a bandage. Let it act for 30 minutes, and repeat if necessary.
I know, you may not feel like moving but you have to. Exercising will relieve pain and improve a lot your condition.
Aerobics: walking and swimming are only 2 ways to alleviate RA symptoms.
Stretching: a slow stretching program will strengthen the muscles around the joints, making you feel much better.
5. Homemade capsaicin cream
You need butter and 5 tablespoons of capsaicin powder
Put the butter in a pot to melt on low heat. After it melts, pour it in a bowl and add the capsaicin powder. Mix well, and let it cool. Store this homemade capsaicin ointment in the refrigerator, and use it to massage gently your painful joints.