Sn instructed patient while you may not be able to avoid the pain that comes with rheumatoid arthritis ( RA ), you can take action to limit it. By taking your pain medication on a schedule. Don’t wait until you are in more pain and have to play "catch-up." Using a warm, moist compress to loosen up a stiff joint. Try an ice pack on an inflamed joint. Massage may also help. These tried-and-true treatments are easy and can provide some quick relief for mild symptoms. Also instructed that on the importance to make it a priority every day to relax. If you need ideas for healthy ways to manage stress, ask your doctor or a counselor. You may want to try meditation, and focus on things you enjoy. Patient verbalizes understanding.