I have osteoarthritis. Totally sucks. For tonight, and the morning relief take ibuprofen. At least 3, 200mg pills, WITH FOOD. You may need to take this daily....like 2 pills with supper or breakfast. It's an anti inflammatory and will help. And of course this is if you are generally well and are not on other meds. Just chat with your doc...they should be able to help you with this. I recently switched to Aleve per docs suggestion. But it's not as quick acting as ibu...more of an accumulative thing.
I chug along...there are worse things ;0) Not too long ago I did something to my shoulder. Holy Moley the pain! Sure made me feel like a whimp. The Aleve takes the edge off. If not better by end of this month, I'll go back to doc. He said a cortisone shot was probably next. I've never had one, but my mother has. Ugh...
don't know. check out the arthritis society web pages and contact a chapter in your area. they will likely be happy to share their coping strategies and treatment options.
I don't have rheumatoid arthritis, but I have pain sometimes doing hard work. I usually soak myself in warm/hot water with epsom salt and wintergreen alcohol..
I hope you feel better..
I don't know what to tell you but I can relate to starting to develop arthritis - knees and ankles. Ahhhhh!