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How to Cope With Rheumatoid Arthritis Morning Stiffness

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Kaspars Eglitis

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Daria Shevtsova

What Is Morning Stiffness?


rusty gears
Kumiko SHIMIZU

What Does Morning Stiffness Feel Like?


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Morning Stiffness Impacts Your Whole Day


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Talk to Your Rheumatologist About Solutions


Stretching first thing in morning
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Try Range-of-motion Exercise


Control button for an electric blanket on a bed
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Apply Heat to Your Joints


Ice pack on elbow
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Chill Your Joint Stiffness With Ice


Senior woman using hand massager at home
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Try Self-massage


young woman meditating in the bedroom on the bed
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Try Starting Your Day With Meditation


Medication and water on nightstand.
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Medication Might Help Get You Moving


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Swell

Change Your Routine to Allow Time to Care for Your Joints


Lene  Andersen, MSW

Lene Andersen, MSW

@TheSeatedView

Lene Andersen is an author, health and disability advocate, and photographer living in Toronto. Lene (pronounced Lena) has lived with rheumatoid arthritis since she was four years old and uses her experience to help others with chronic illness. She has written several books, including Your Life with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Tools for Managing Treatment, Side Effects and Pain, and 7 Facets: A Meditation on Pain, as well as the award-winning blog, The Seated View.

Lene serves on HealthCentral's Health Advocates Advisory Board, and is a Social Ambassador for the RAHealthCentral on Facebook page, facebook.com/rahealthcentral. She is also one of HealthCentral's Live Bold, Live Now heroes — watch her incredible journey of living with RA.