9 (No-Drug) Ways You Can Beat RA Pain

When medication isnt enough to ease the pain of rheumatoid arthritis, adding an alternative treatment can help you feel and function better.

If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the single best way to fight the disease is with medication-specifically, disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs, known as DMARDs (methotrexate, leflunomide, sulfasalazine, others). If you have persistent RA pain, you may be tempted to ask for a steroid shot, "but this is a band-aid approach that doesnt help over the long term," says Elaine Husni, MD, MPH, vice chair of Cleveland Clinics Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases, and director of the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Treatment Center at Cleveland Clinics Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute.
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