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This page contains answers to common questions about rheumatic conditions and treatment. If you need further assistance please phone our advice line on 01473 703315. As there are a large number of questions on this page you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Rheumatology FAQs

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My arthritis is flaring - what should I do?

Use maximum dose pain relievers such as paracetamol and anti-inflammatory drugs if prescribed – ask your GP for something stronger if necessary. Resting affected joints on a pillow or footstool and applying cold packs or ice may be helpful. If you have no ice, a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a towel would do just as well, but be careful to avoid direct contact on the skin as this can result in burns. If there is no improvement within a few days you should contact the advice line on 01473 703315 or your GP for further advice. Some people find hot packs more soothing; however if your joints are already warm and swollen, cooling them down may be preferable.