What can I do about…? managing arthritis? “Recognising the early stages of a flare-up can be a powerful tool”,

“Although flare-ups can occur any time, early warning signs can include worsening symptoms and fatigue – especially after periods of stress or following an infection.”

Regular, gentle exercise can help combat stiffness.  “High impact exercises like running or contact sports are more likely to cause flare-ups, so try swimming, walking or even low resistance cycling,” says Miriam.

Both heat and cold can offer pain relief.

“An ice pack can relieve acutely painful, warm, and swollen joints, but should only be used for around 20 minutes at a time.  A warm shower can be a relaxing way of using heat to ease stiffness and pain,” says Miriam.

Speak to your GP or consultant about trying different medication to find out exactly what works best for you.

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