I have JRA and my fiance also has it. He has had it since he was 3 and i have had it since the age of 11. We both do better with hot water. The cold... air or water makes us both stiffer and feel more painful.
Hi- I was wondering if you remember when you were diagnosed with juvenile arthritis. My 8 year old son has begun to have sore joints-knees, ankles shoulder-not all the time-but for a day or two and then it goes away. He usually has an upset tummy and intermittant fever as well. For example he woke yesterday and vomited- felt better by noon although his knee and shoulder hurt and developed a fever by 4 and had to go to bed with tylenol at 6 -yet today he's better and has his appetite -no fever yet- and says his leg hurts just a little. This has been going on for about 6 weeks. Also this may or may not be connected- he had an enlarged neck lymph node last august- he was monitored by 2 doctors -it seems to be gone now. We only had a cbcd blood test done to rule out leukemia- Now I'm wondering if it is connected somehow. I will take him to the doctor again about the fever, vomiting and sore joints. Any info you have would be appreciated.
My doctor says that cold is better than heat - but whatever works for me is what I should do. I have extreme sensitivity to cold temps (called Raynaud's Phenomenon) and the cold tends to make things worse for me.
Before your friend goes out and purchases a hot tub - they can get the feel of whether the heat will help or not with soaks in a "regular" bathtub or long hot shower. I also have paraffin wax soaks for my hands when they are bothering me...
I have had RA for about 18-19 years. During flair-ups, if it feels warm/hot, then cool/cold is good. If you feel stiff and sore, but don't experience any fever/heat, then I like hot water to soak my hands in.
scbagrrrl. Have you done the hot wax dipping yet? Feels terrific, yes? I have only done a hand. The whole body I couldn't imagine what that would be like. I bet you would be as limber as a jelly fish, huh? Enjoy the depths. Watch out for the stone fish, rays and eels. Hope you are in relaxation. Peace. D
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Cold for me thank you...I have swelling with the pain and heat makes it worse. Like one here said, if it's hot and painful then cold, if no fever in the place then heat. I should print this out for my doc at home, he said "COLD?? You sure are weird." So much for that huh?
Never, never stop prednisone at once! You will have a heart attack or worse doing that. Your body is supossed to make cortisol ...at times needing a reminder. So you take pred to nudge your system into makeing it on it's own...lucky if it does, if not u stay with prednisone.
Hi this is a message for Jerry2
My name is Kirsty and i'm 16 years old.
It sounds like your son has several of the signs for RA howver there are seveal other possibilities becuase there are so many different kinds of arthritis.
I suffer from Dermatomyositis which i have had for 13 years. If your son has a rash on his face then this disease is a possibility.
Polymyositis is a possibility, this has the same signs as arthritis but also causes higher temperatures and a tiredness that is often mistaken for lazyness.
Whatever is wrong with your son you need to do something now as doctors often just tell you that some calpol will do the trick and it is something much more serious. Sometimes doctors need presuring and you know your son better than anybody so you know when its something really wrong. I wasnt diagnosed for nearly a year and therefore my body didnt recieve the medication it really needed at the time.
Good luck with everything
yours sincerly Kirsty, Manchester England
Hey sister...I alternate between using heat and cold...depends on the flair site and the swelling/pain. I say there is nothing like a spa to reduce overall body aches and pain and soothe the bones...but a cool pack on hot sites is oft needed. I use paraffin baths for my feet and hands...works great...wish I could do a whole body as "Dolphin" dreamed about...ahhh.