Oh online shopping. You are the absolute best. Especially for someone with chronic illness and small children at home. Most days I have to tell myself not to even open my shopping apps because it will NOT end well.So my addiction to online shopping has some benefits. I have found some items that have come in super handy for my Rheumatoid Arthritis. I have yet to find a magic pill, lotion or drink that solves any problem 100%, but it’s nice to have some options that reduce some pain and symptoms. So here we go with my favorite Rheumatoid Arthritis items.
I was super hesitant to use this. My mom is actually the one who convinced me to try it. She had one and I borrowed it and right away I noticed a difference in my back pain.Icy Hot Smart Relief Tens Therapy is a large sticky pad that you apply with a small tens unit on your back or hips. One pad can last multiple applications, you can rinse it and reuse. You can adjust the intensity to low or high depending on your needs. This is a really great value for the price. It’s not too expensive to give a try, and you can buy the replacement pads at Walmart if you need a new one.
Ok, I know. “Have you tried Epsom salts?” That’s the first thing everyone says when they hear the word Rheumatoid Arthritis.So yeah, not earth shattering or anything but I love this stuff. It’s the perfect end to a rough day and it makes amazing bubbles (yes, I’m a little kid at heart and bubble baths are amazing). They have a variety of available scents and I love that it’s all natural.
I also use the Dr Teals Detoxify and Energize Body Wash. It’s one of the few products I’ve found that doesn’t make me itch. It smells wonderful and is easy on my sensitive skin.
Probiotics are a touchy subject among the chronically ill. Everyone has an opinion and depending on your doctor they may tell you yea or nay. This is my opinion and your experience could be totally different. I’ve taken Hyperbiotics Immune and Wellness Formula off and on for about six months. I am currently on 3 immunosuppressants and have a 5 year old and a 2 year old. That being said, when I take two of these daily, I’ve noticed that I don’t get sick. I had a period of a few weeks where I forgot to take them and I got sick.That being said, your experience may differ and definitely ask your doc before starting anything OTC, but I love these and they’ve become a must for me.
This is a MUST for me when I’ve having more swelling than normal. I always have some degree of swelling but the days that I can’t move or I’m completely locked up this helps quite a bit. Biofreeze Cold Therapy Pain Relief Spray is my favorite cold therapy OTC product. I like it because it doesn’t leave a lingering terrible smell and it doesn’t irritate my skin. It absorbs quickly and works fast. Biofreeze makes several different products (lotion, roll on) and I’ve tried all three. I prefer the spray on method.
Cold Therapy is my favorite. I’ve actually thought about finding a local cryotherapy office and trying it, but that’s another post all together.
From cold to hot huh? Honestly, heat therapy doesn’t do much for my joint pain other than just make me feel warm and cozy.It’s winter and there is nothing better than coming in and using an electric blanket. The extreme cold and windchill can make me feel worse than usual so I like to come in from the cold and put on my fuzzy slippers and my super cozy electric fleece throw. It has three settings too which is nice. My husband got me this patterned Sunbeam throw for Christmas and I really love it, and the kids and the dog love it as well.
So that’s all for now. Is there any items that you use regularly to help with your Rheumatoid Arthritis symptoms? I’ll add more to this post when I find more items that I love.
Now here comes the disclaimer:
Hey. Katie here. This is just my opinion. Don’t take any medications without consulting your doctor first.
Also, don’t spend too much money because then you’ll be all “Katie told me to buy it and it’s her fault.”
Proceed to online shopping with extreme caution.