I was only diagnosed in April of this year, so I'm still learning. My lesson for today? Cold hurts.
The last two days I've woken up with my whole hands and wrists hurting and stiff. Not just a couple of fingers here and there... the whole hands. Not nice. My reaction was, "well, hopefully it'll go play in other joints tomorrow". That was pretty much okay with me (okay? sounds crazy, right?) all until I made the mistake of rinsing my hands off in cold water. Whoa! Ouch! I had only THOUGHT they hurt before! Yikes! My hands finally finally stopped aching after they had been warmed back up for a while. Whew.
But of course, there's always that pesky learning curve. I had NO IDEA how many times I just rinse off my hands during the day. After doing the cold water trick a few more times though, I think I've started to break that old habit. Now I'm trying to form a new habit of turning on the hot water and waiting...
Oh, that's another new thing. Learning patience.