If you have arthritis, you know pain. In fact, you know it well. There are over one hundred different types of arthritis. Despite the different causes and symptoms, one thing is common. That is pain. All arthritis patients suffer pain. For some, it comes and goes. For others, the pain is constant. You want relief and you want it now, but is instant arthritis pain relief possible? Yes and no.
Before focusing on a few ways that you can get quick arthritis relief, it is important to note variances. It all depends on your definition of instant. For most, instant means right away and immediately. For others, 10 to 15 minutes is soon enough. As previously stated, most arthritis sufferers want relief and immediately. When you are in pain, 15 minutes can literally feel like a lifetime.
When it comes to over-the-counter arthritis relief, you have two main options. Those are over-the-counter pain pills and over-the-counter topical arthritis creams. So, which provides you with the fastest relief? It all depends on your body.
In terms of over-the-counter arthritis topical creams, most see relief right away. In fact, you may experience relief as soon as the cream contacts the skin. Even if you have never used these creams before, you may have used Bengay or a similar cream to treat achy pains. Think back to that time. You may remember the tingling sensation, but what about relief? You should have felt it immediately. The same holds true for arthritis creams. If you need relief and need it now, grab a tube of arthritis pain relief cream. Ensure you have some at home.
When we think of over-the-counter pain pills, it all depends on your body and your purchase. For example, most pain relief capsules, or tablets must dissolve in your body. It can take time for the entire pill to dissolve. On the other hand, Advil has a Liqui-Gel format. Just the outer layer needs to dissolve, so relief is typically faster. Tylenol has a special arthritis formula. This has two dissolving layers; one is fast for quick relief and the second is slower for long-lasting relief.
Another way that arthritis patients seek pain relief is through heat. For some, this does provide immediate relief. Your options include soaking in a warm bath, wrapping the joint in a warm washcloth, using on-the-go heating patches, or a reusable heating pouch. Many experience pain relief until the heat stops. It is best to use heat as a source of relief until your over-the-counter pain pills can kick in.
Many natural supplements also claim to add in the relief of arthritis pain and swelling. These supplements are nice, as most are natural and safe. But they do have their pros and cons. The biggest downside is time. Most are not designed for immediate relief. Instead, continued use provides long-lasting relief. The same is true for exercise. It may be difficult to move your achy joints at first but continued low-impact exercise can reduce pain, stiffness, and swelling over time.
Out of the several remedies I’ve talked about here, moist heat and creams are my go-to fast relief methods. I use the warmed moist hand towel on my hands. If this doesn’t help I always apply my very favorite pain topical. I’ve used Biofreeze for many, many years. It always gives me some relief.
My suggestion is to find what works best for you. It takes a little while. It’s trial and error but arthritis doesn’t go away. It will flare back up and you will have to deal with it again. I’ve been dealing with it since 1998.