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Ideas for Relieving Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

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Adjustable laptop holderNote: I’m running more behind than usual due to family health issues and general struggles related to Rheumatoid disease. Please enjoy the blog carnival and list your favorite non-medical pain reliever in the comments box!

As promised, this picture is my entry for the blog carnival! My mom recently sent me this laptop stand with mini shelves to hold a tablet or a cup of hot tea. This should make it easier on my neck when I have to work from bed. It may be used with the sofa as well – I’ll let you know! Thanks to Katie Beth and Tiger for assembling and photographing it for me today!

What brings you relief?

Anyone shopping for you might be interested in reading what brings comfort or relief for Rheumatoid Arthritis pain and disability. Over the past two weeks, we’ve collected a long list of things to bring relief from Rheumatoid Arthritis on the blog comments. Here’s a list of some popular answers and some special Rheum Helps Blog Carnival posts specially created to help us all find comfort!

A few popular relievers of Rheumatoid Arthritis pain

Laptop stand with extra shelves

Book holders
Gas cap wrench
Lever doorknobs
Heat, heat, and heat
Rubs, creams, and sprays like Voltaren / diclofenac (prescription), Aspercreme, ibuprofen, or Biofreeze
Soft mattress cover / feather bed
Mineral salt baths
Compression gloves, IMAK gloves, & gloves without fingertips
Loved ones who care and help, including pets
Music
Chocolate and yummy treats
Electric openers for cans and jars

Help and relief for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Most painstaking research: Lene’s post is a thorough discussion of Reachers, an extremely important device many people with Rheumatoid arthritis use. It’s amazing how little most manufacturers know about what disabled people really need. Don’t buy a reacher until you read Lene’s post at The Seated View.

Most practical cup ever: Joan found the most practical cup ever (actually, thanks! to Joan’s sister). Check out The Essentials at her Life with a Flare for what else brings her relief.

Most unique device: Dana says he’s found the “Best Natural Pain Medication” of all in I’ve Got The Best Natural Pain Medication at What to Do for Chronic Pain. I have to agree that medical care is still essential, but we couldn’t survive Rheumatoid Arthritis without this “device.”

Most clever gadgets: I think you’ll want some of the things on Amber’s list at Journey to the Knot. Easing RA Pain is a brief organized list of clever helps for pain relief.

Most creative post: Connie at Reflections on Pain and Healing shares about her journey to learn ways to make her life easier and more comfortable. In One of my favorite things, she shows us how to make custom heat and ice packs. Two of my favorite things in one: heat and ice!

Most fuzzy solution: Karen says her goats and donkeys are her best distraction from Rheumatoid arthritis pain. Check out A kiddley divey too, wooden shoe? at El Rancho Asno Blanco

Most candid: Neen at Arthritic Chick gathered seven favorite things in Rheumatoid Arthritis and non-medical ways to ease the pain. There will be some stocking stuffers there for someone.

Most imaginative: Annette of Your Gold Watch sent Fairy Tales of RA, a creative account of her very favorite items. Some of my own necessities are on her list including a featherbed and duvet. It seems Annette and I agree that living with Rheumatoid disease reminds one of The Princess and the Pea

Exceptional effort: I’ve so enjoyed the photos posted by Elizabeth at Ancient Reptile. In My 10 Most Unusual Comfort Items, she shares ways she, her husband, and service doc have worked to make her life more comfortable in spite of Rheumatoid disease.

Many thanks to all of the fantastic blogs who contributed to this carnival! I hope you’ll take time to visit and let them know by commenting.

Edit: The following entries were made after this page was published, but please do visit and read their valuable posts on this topic! 

Tanya’s Gift Guide for Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients at Mom’s Small Victories

Lorna’s Brain fog lack of sleep a typical day in my life at Life with Rheumatoid Arthritis Is a Pain

Tanya M.’s Rheumatoid Arthritis Tools To Ease Painful Symptoms at Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Cheryl’s Shopping with Arthritis: My favorite pain-reducing shoes at The Enthusiastic Life

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