Life of a Mum

Rheumatoid helpers

My rheumatoid arthritis isn’t something I talk/write about often. But it is a huge part of my life; I have to take lots of nasty meds, and it restricts what I can eat, drink and physically do.

I’ve found there’s a few things that definitely help with my rheumatoid symptoms- so thought I’d share with those of you who are also living with RA or another spoonie illness


At the moment I’m loving Columbia care CBD oil (peppermint flavour) and capsules. They are a must have to improves sleep, and I think they ease my pain, swelling and stiffness too.

Columbia Care Insta gave me the code ‘IVFninjafree’ for the first 50 uses go to to get (pay for postage only) you can choose from the oil or capsules.

I also love Browns CBD gummies and calming balm. I find the gummies are great to have in my bag (handy for anxiety) and the balm (also containing wintergreen) is helpful when I have sore/swollen/stiff joints.

Compression Gloves I’ve tried a few different makes and types. My preference is the IMAK gloves or copper gloves.

IMAK glove
Copper glove

The IMAK gloves are definitely the ones that feel the most compressive; I like to squeeze my tender joints (like rubbing a bruise) so if you to your these may work well. Buy IMAK gloves on amazon

The copper gloves are definitely more gentle and comfortable with more stretch. Buy copper gloves on Amazon oooh and they’re more cost effective too.

Foot splints Although the best option is specifically made orthotics (splints and insoles) I have been waiting for this for months so purchased my own. They do the job – great for in the house but wouldn’t be comfortable with footwear on. They seem to help straighten my toes, so I get less pain from ‘wonk’ and overlap. Buy Foot/big toe splint from Amazon

Weighted blanket I love my weighted blanket. Literally the comfort of a big hug, helps calm the limbs when you just want to keep moving them. It’s important to get a blanket in accordance with your weight- it should be approx 10% of your body weigh. I’m just over 60kg so use a 6 kg blanket. Such as this one from Amazon

Let me know what you think if you try these, or recommend something new.

Amazon links are AFF links- I earn money if you buy. The cbd I was gifted but not affiliate/commission

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