Thank you this is helpful, but leaves many questions unanswered, so what of the person who first was diagnosed with RA then develops Osteoarthritis and despite -ve RA factor for many years continues to see deterioration and caught between moving to relieve morning stiffness and overdoing it and getting overuse pain from Osteo and then the unexplained fusion of joints such as the Elbow. Knee replacement takes care of one joint as does Hip but there seems no answer for the Elbow…..Hope someone is looking into that. Confused in Radium Hot Springs CA
Getting a good night's sleep on a regular basis can minimize pain and help you cope better with the effects of your disease. If arthritis pain makes it difficult to sleep at night, speak with your doctor and/or physical therapist about the best mattress or comfortable sleeping positions or the possibility of timing medications to provide more pain relief at night. You may also improve your sleep by getting enough exercise early in the day; avoiding caffeine or alcoholic beverages at night; keeping your bedroom dark, quiet, and cool; and taking a warm bath to relax and soothe sore muscles at bedtime.