How To Deal With Rheumatoid Arthritis This Winter

Often, rheumatoid arthritis is associated with golden years, but it’s totally wrong. I’m in my 30’s and I’ve been diagnosed 2 months ago with rheumatoid arthritis. It seems to be inherited and I have, somehow, to introduce the diseases in my life and learn to live with it. At least, these were the main recommendations my currant doctor gave me alongside with the prescription.

It’s easy for him to say, because he doesn’t know how is like living with constant finger and toe pain which, over time, will affect the other joints. For now, these are the main symptom which are getting worse in winter.

Most people suffering from arthritis know that the winter months can often be the toughest time of the year. Symptoms of arthritis, which include chronic pain, tenderness, stiffness, redness, and swelling of the joints, are unpleasant during any season. The symptoms worsen when the temperature drops to near or below 32 degrees Fahrenheit.

How to cope with rheumatoid arthritis during winter

Wear warmer clothes – The best thing you can do to keep the arthritis symptoms in check is to stay warm. Gloves, scarves, socks, jackets and other winter clothes should be worn when you go outside or even indoors, depending on the temperature in the room. Keeping your extremities covered prevents the loss of body heat.

Exercise – Even light exercise can help prevent your body from becoming stiff. Simple indoor activities such as stretching and walking can do wonders for seniors with arthritis. Braces and supports can be important for joint support during exercise.

Enjoy warm water – A warm bath or a dip in a heated pool can help soothe aching joints. But, if you take an indoor swim, be sure to dry off completely before you head outside into cold weather. If you take a hot bath or shower, wait a few minutes before venturing outside. Going from extremely hot to extremely cold temperatures could shock your system and affect your arthritis.

Besides the above methods, you can prepare a Warming Cayenne Pepper Salve For Creaky Joints

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoon of St. John’s wort infused oil
  • 2 tablespoon of cayenne pepper powder
  • 1 tablespoon of ginger powder
  • 2 tablespoon of Shea butter
  • 2 tablespoon of beeswax
  • 20 drops of rosemary essential oil
  • 20 drops of peppermint essential oil

Instructions:

  • Place St. John’s wort infused oil in a glass measuring cup. Spoon the cayenne and ginger powders into a cloth tea bag. Tie the top of the tea bag using a half hitch. Place the tea bag with spices into the St. John’s wort oil, in the glass measuring cup.
  • Create a double boiler using a saucepan and a canning jar lid. Place the glass measuring cup in the saucepan and simmer on medium heat for 30 minutes. Occasionally turn the tea bag over and press with the back of a spoon while the oil is warming, to ensure that the spice powders are moistened with the oil.
  • After 30 minutes remove the glass cup from the saucepan and allow the oil to come to room temperature. Remove the tea bag and press in a potato ricer, held over the cup, to remove the last drops of infused oil from the bag.
  • Reserve the oil in the glass cup. Discard the pressed herbs. Empty and clean the bag for another use.
  • Place the glass cup back on the double boiler and add the Shea butter and beeswax. Simmer over medium heat until the beeswax and Shea butter is melted.
  • Remove from the heat. Stir in essential oils.
  • Pour into containers. Allow to cool completely before putting the lid on the containers, to prevent condensation from getting on the lid.
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