Is there anything I can do on my own to manage my rheumatoid arthritis?

Answers from April Chang-Miller, M.D.

If you have rheumatoid arthritis, the best thing you can do is follow your doctor’s advice and take medications exactly as prescribed. You can also take steps at home to manage your pain and stay active:

Of course, it’s also important to get enough sleep, eat a healthy diet and be as physically active as you can. If you are overweight, even a modest amount of weight loss can ease pressure on your joints. If you smoke, ask your doctor to help you quit. For more ideas about how to manage your joint pain, talk with your doctor.

Updated: 10/22/2019

Publication Date: 12/23/2014