What exercise do people with Rheumatoid Arthritis do during a flare-up?

Hi fellow warriors - as I'm new to this, can you please tell me what you do regarding exercise and activity during a flare-up, I.e do you do as less as possible or try to keep active due to not allowing joints to get too stiff???? Thank you x

Kay Moyer
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Good question

Cecilia Light
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During a flare up forget it. Just getting myself dressed is all the exercise I can get and sometimes I can't do that

Marian Harding
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I feel you marian literally! How long do flare-ups usually last - this is my first and been 6 weeks now!! Will I ever go into remission I ask myself or is this now my life?!

Kay Moyer 3 years

I have had flare ups on and off since Nov but I have to say at the moment I am the best I have been in a long time unfortunately I have had to resort to drugs. I am on methotrexate and prednisone is now down to 10mg from 50mg.

Marian Harding 3 years

I'm On just Pred - how long does it take to kick in??

Kay Moyer 3 years

My prednisone use is nearly over. I only have about 2 more weeks of it. It's not kicked in yet. Also on Methotrexate and Mobic. I have had no changes, even with diet change.

Robin Coker 3 years

Sorry to hear that robin - how long have you been taking the Pred for?

Kay Moyer 3 years
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I'm going through a flare up right now and I forced myself to exercise this evening. I feel better for it. But it took about 2 hours to motivate myself and get off the couch. Now my whole body feels decent, except my hands. They are still bothering me. I just did 15 mins on the elliptical and 15 on the treadmill.

Dora Giles
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Wow that's brace of you dora..... I guess we have to stay moderately active at least

Kay Moyer 3 years

Brave

Kay Moyer 3 years

I can't exercise my pain away. I just have to rest a lot more until I can get going again. I can't take a chance at overdoing it. I am 59 and trying to keep my 2 year old grandson. Better safe for me than sorry!

Donna Rosario
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Wow donna i bet chasing after your Grandson is enough exercise in itself, bless x

Kay Moyer 3 years

I know Lili - I walk like that and I'm embarrassed to in public and even in front of my kids!!!!

Kay Moyer 3 years

I use ice and heat-mostly feel it in my hands and wrists, but I do still make myself go to the pool for water exercise or laps/walking and although it's a struggle to get in/out of my suit, my arms, hands and wrists always feel less stiff and inflammed. I try not to use ibuprofen, but do if I have to work. I also will cut back on calories on those days and just have green juice.

Clarissa Benson
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Thanks clarissa - how do you do the heat and ice method exactly?

Kay Moyer 3 years

Kay Moyer I just have ice packs I sit with on one hand, then the other and an old electric heating pad. Sometimes I soak them in warm/hot water. I have been interested in trying a paraffin wax dip. Heard those are helpful and relaxing. I also do finger stretches and rub my hands/massage them to increase circulation-even if it is mildly painful. I feel like moving the joints is necessary to keep them strong. Hope some of that helps

Clarissa Benson 3 years

Is that like 15 mins ice and then 15 heat?

Kay Moyer 3 years

Yes, or less, I always end up having to do something

Clarissa Benson 3 years

I also just woke up and noticed my eyesight isn't ok - seems be blurred and seeing writing on TV etc as double - is that from the RA or the Pred????

Kay Moyer
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Has anyone puffed out or put on weight with the steroids??

Kay Moyer
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I'm on 7.5mg of pred now-been tapering for 3 months from 15-going to 5 this week. I want to get off before the side effects like the ones you mention start. I also read it can damage adrenal system. I have actually lost @ 40 lbs since January because when my initial onset happened I completely changed to vegan, mostly raw diet. And no puffiness, although I have read those are also side effects.

Clarissa Benson 3 years

Is that 75 a day Or week clarissa? For how long have you been on the Pred? I guess I'll lose weight too with the diet

Kay Moyer 3 years

Kay Moyer 7.5 mg a day-been on it since end of February.

Clarissa Benson 3 years

I find yoga and meditation help.

Sharon Kuhn
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U feel like not moving cause of pain, but surprisingly if u exercise the pain goes away. U don't even have to do long or strenuously. Don't give n to pain.

Mary Case
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My knees wud hurt n wud do couple leg curls n that really loosened up my knees n felt better, try it.

Mary Case 3 years

I am lucky to live in Florida. I swim almost every day and sometimes 2xs a day. It helps me get moving in the AM and hekps me fall

Martha Thacker
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to sleep in the PM. I try to stick to a healthy low card diet. I still have flares. I have had RA for 15 years.

Martha Thacker
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I walk, no matter what, I have 3 dogs that need to get out every day no matter how crappy I feel.

Lisa Harrington
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During a flare honestly makes it difficult. I joined a gym with a pool and hot tub with a sauna and steam room. The pool is great for less pressure on your joints. I walk back and forth when in pain. I do light swimming on better days. The hot tub and sauna are my comfort zones during a flare. The heat really soothes the pain. I actually feel better with the sauna and hot tub. At home I use heating pad and heating blanket especially in the winter.

Saba Branch
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My knuckles hurt n knees when use stairs. I'm n Ak so when go somewhere dress warm, I've got alot of nice warm clothes, love the winter. Got myself bunch warm pretty scarves. Get kinda stiff n cold. No worries, just dress warm. Of course helps that my husband helps me so I don't fall.

Mary Case 3 years

Low carb and walking

Jessica Sadler
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Rest and heal.

Joyce Gallegos
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I mostly rest and do yoga during a flare. Sometimes walking, depending on which joints hurt the most.

Liz Deleon
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Try going gluten free, check for food allergies and go organic if you can

Betty Hanna
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My wellness coach says to limit it but to stop if you are getting consistant or sharp pains. *Hugs*

Holli Flowers
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