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    1. Penny Pittard Maroldo says:

      I use so many various sizes of ice packs it is crazy! My freezer is full. I get the really big ones, the medium ones, the small ones and the tiny ones. So many different kinds available at the different drugstores. I like the ones with a cloth like covering.
      I always start with a paper towel between the pad and my skin, then as it gets less frozen I can put the thing directly on my skin.
      It really does help with pain and swelling.
      They doctor recommended I use ice 3 X a day for three days after my cortisone injection last Wednesday. I still use it once a day now…5 days later. It did help the pain and swelling in the MCPS of my middle and pointer fingers. Did not stop the drift of the fingers from their normal position. DARN!
      So..all in all…ICE is our friend for all with RA.

      • Penny can you think of anything in specific that might impact the mcp drift? I’ve tried hard to “protect” those joints & not use hands in motions that promote drift – but I wonder if it is inevitable once those joints remain inflamed (last joints to be much affected by me).

        • Elizabeth Riggs says:

          Kelly, I am starting hand therapy. I’ve studied up on the silver ting splints (Google them) and if they are appropriate for me, will plan on paying the difference between what my scanty insurance pays and the rest of the cost for the “special” ones (with bling on them). Reports suggest they will keep fingers from drifting as much. There are also special exercises that help some. As I learn them, I’ll pass them along to you.

          May the Lord God bless you every day!

          • Elizabeth Riggs says:

            Oops! Silver RING splints!

          • COOL. I talked to the creators of the ring spmints before and I am a believer in them. If you get them, you could write a blog post about it and I’d be glad to publish it here as a guest post instead of on your own blog if you’d like – promoting your blog of course..

            • Ms. M says:

              I’ve seen homemade ring splints made with strong wire and a pliers… 100x cheaper, and infinitely adjustable. There are examples online.

      • Darryl says:

        I’ve found a reusable cold compress (large) at Walmart (appx $11.00) that you can put in the freezer works great. It doesn’t get rock hard so you can form it over body parts, and it has a cloth-like cover. Once frozen and you use it, you can put in back into the freezer and it only takes about one-half hour for it to re-freeze. I hope this might be helpful to you and others.

    2. nvk258 says:

      ice, glorious ice.
      to protect myself from freezer burn. i keep all the smaller ice packs sheathed in mismatched gym socks. i only take those socks ff the ice packs if they need washing.
      the cotton absorbs all moisture as the ice pack sweats. the sock might tear if it freezes around the wire shelf and i tug to hard BUT the ice back itself never nicks or tears in the freezers.
      i wrap larger packs in kitchen towels . i see no reason to ever put the pack directly on the skin–even when softened. what if there is a small crack r tear in the pack? i don’t want that stuff on my skin, regular clothes or bedding.
      i appreciated the concept of the cloths sold with some of the ice packs but my hands does not like the touch of it.
      i also have quite the collection of ace wraps to hld the ice packs in place that why as ashift i do not have to keep resetting everything.
      this year the bottoms of my feet have joined the pain song. acewrapping then was a bad plan. a trot to the bathroom or a … whatever became a mental debate. i hold the pack in place with stretched out hospital socks.

      good to hear from you kelly. and sad. sounds as if no relief for your RD has been found.

      • No the RD marches on. But I hear from people who eventually find relief so I don’t give up hope. Thanks for the good tips. It’s amazing how much it helps the bottom of feet pain so I can walk.

    3. Marge says:

      Ice is wonderful in the summer, but for me living in a colder climate, much of the year I just can’t take the cold packs when the weather outside is too cool or cold.

      I use bed buddy microwave heating packs, kind of like a beanbag sewn into a tube sock, they give off a nice moist heat but can also be frozen. I layer them in old socks for extra insulation. Some days I go to bed with three or four of them!

      Another other favorite thing, more more daytime use, are the stick on disposable self-heating pads. It’s constant gentle heat over 12 hours, and they are thin and invisible under clothes and have been a godsend when traveling. And they have never set off a TSA screening.

      Lastly, my go to when I have time is a warn tub loaded with Epsom salts. HEAVEN!

      I have had some success reducing acute inflammation with switching from cold packs to warm packs and then back, about every 15 minutes for an hour or two. It seems strange, but it does work.

      Glad you are back Kelly!


      • Thanks for the good tips Marge! I do love the disposable heat packs too. Always use them when traveling and when the room is cool to stop shivering (even a couple times while giving a speech).

    4. nadine says:

      Well, I could have written this article myself. I use to purchase ice packs from my chiropractor and they were expensive. So one day I just looked up the maker on line and bought an entire case of them. Much better cost, by the way.
      I use an ice pack everyday, multiple times of day. Its a god sent when it comes to helping with the pain.

    5. David says:

      My wife made me some small, medium and large size velvet or cloth bags filled with Linseeds , these can be used for either hot or cold packs , you can heat them up in the micro wave or pop them in the freezer which ever you desire.
      If you where real creative you could make them in the shape of what body part you wanted ( hand, foot ) basically like a double layer glove or sock and fill that with Linseeds, this has been reliving the pain and swelling I have.

      Thanks for all the other suggestions.

    6. Elizabeth says:

      I recently read that cryotherapy is supposed to be helpful for RA – the kind where you actually put your whole body into one of those cryo-tubes and freeze for a little while. I’m thinking about trying that this winter minus the tube – just hang out outside in a t shirt and shorts and see if it works!

    7. Elizabeth Riggs says:

      For me, cold PACKS work well, but cryotherapy did not. I put cold water in the tub and added a couple quarts of ice. I got in for only 10 minutes. YIKES! All my joints were swollen twice size and were horribly red and painful! For me, heat at a gentle level for brief periods works better.

    8. Robin says:

      I feel so grateful and blessed to have come across this site. I have been diagnosed for 2 years now and the ice! I wouldn’t and still would not be able to make it thru some days without ice!!! Especially on my spine lately.

    9. Holis says:

      Side note, i stopped using prednisone after ten years (per my ctor),taking raspberry ketones (otc) daily as i reduced & finally stopped prednisone.

    10. Mike says:

      To all I recently did a training class the night before I put a list of all meds in my wallet it was used by Mets to help me. If this is done put it directly behind your drivers license

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