Heat or Cold for possible RA?

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RA+CDhouse
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   Posted 5/1/2008 9:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi!  I do not have a dx yet, can't see the rheumatologist till the end of this month...
 
My boss *is* a rheumatologist who doesn't see patients anymore; he is the one who told me to get to a rheumatologist.
 
My elbow (and my whole arm actually) is what is really hurting today and I was wondering what might give me the best relief:  heat or cold?  It feels "hot", looks swollen, and most movements are painful today.  Not good when trying to get work done.  My right one is the worst, and of course that's the one I need most at work.
 
Boss is out of office, or I would ask him!
 
thanks!
 
-newcrohnswife

edited to say that I can't see the rheumatologist till end of this month...


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momto3
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   Posted 5/1/2008 10:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry you are in pain! For me cold is the enemy and heat makes the joints feel better.  I'm not sure what you can use while at work? but at home a warm soak in the tub sometimes helps me, and I'm sure others will be along to offer suggestions.

babyplace
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   Posted 5/1/2008 10:38 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi there,

Oh gosh, hurting at work?  I'm so sorry..that must be tough!  I guess I'm kind of the opposite of Mom on this one....when my joints are warm and swollen, cold seems to calm them down a bit.  But, later, they'll be stiff and achy, then a soak in a warm tub or a heating pad on low is pure heaven!  Maybe you could try to alternate heat and cold?  Just goes to show that just like the meds...we're all different, you'll find the right combo that works best for you.

Take care and hope you feel better,

Jody


sjkly
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   Posted 5/1/2008 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   
My first rhuemy told me to never add heat to a swollen joint-they are hot enough and I should use ice-I usually find that advice works except in any joint I also have OA in in which case the ice hurts. Go figure.
Umm...try both and keep using the one that works I guess.
Sj
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