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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Patient Actions

Immediate Action
  • Keep doing as much of your normal routine as possible.
  • Start slowly and try to exercise more and more to keep your joints flexible and strong.
  • Consult your doctor for recommended amount of exercise, and physical therapy evaluation and treatment.
  • Schedule daily rest periods and sleep well to keep from getting overtired.
  • If the joint is not warm or swollen, use heat to relieve the pain. Hot soaks, heat lamps, or whirlpool treatments may help.

See your doctor If…
  • You have the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis
  • You have a fever during treatment
  • Symptoms appear in joints where you didn’t have them before
  • Unexplained symptoms develop.

Last updated: May-02-07

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