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10 Great Gift Ideas for People With Inflammatory Illnesses Like Lupus or Rheumatoid Arthritis

Chronic illness warrior and natural health coach and advocate, Gina helps others thrive beyond the challenges of chronic illness.

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There are many activities most of us don't think twice about, like getting out of bed, sitting in a car, or eating a meal. These very same activities, however, can be extremely challenging for those who live with pain or an illness like arthritis. Just the act of trying to get up out of bed can be painful. Trying to hold onto a utensil can be excruciating.

The good news is that there are plenty of tools that can make life a bit easier for those who face these challenges. Many are helpful regardless of the type of arthritis or inflammatory illness that a person has.

Both lupus and RA are autoimmune conditions that can strike people at any age, including children, teens, and young adults. These illnesses are very misunderstood, and they require strong medication to prevent joint destruction.

10 Gifts for Those With Inflammatory Illnesses

Here are 10 great gift ideas for your loved ones who may be suffering from an inflammatory illness.

  1. Hand Warmers
  2. Microwaveable Slippers
  3. Adaptive Key Devices
  4. Massage Therapies
  5. Voice-to-Text Technology
  6. Neck Wrap
  7. Copper Bracelet
  8. Ergonomic Garden Tools
  9. Self-Help Books
  10. Magazine Subscriptions
The Hot Hands brand makes both hand and toe warmers.

The Hot Hands brand makes both hand and toe warmers.

1. Hand Warmers

You may not think about how much you use your hands until symptoms of arthritis start to affect them, making the activities you once enjoyed challenging or even impossible.

Hand Warmers by Hot Hands are single use air-activated heat packs that provide everyday warmth and are ideal for keeping your hands warm when the temperature gets cold. These warmers provide safe, natural heat, so you can enjoy the great outdoors during those harsh winter months. Hot Hands Hand Warmers easily fit inside your gloves or pocket to provide long-lasting, soothing warmth.

Features:

  • Ready to use
  • Air-activated
  • Safe, natural heat
  • Odorless
  • Each warmer provides up to 10 hours of heat
  • Made in the USA

How to Use:

Simply open the package, shake to activate, and place in pocket or gloves for maximum warmth. See package for detailed instructions.

When to Use:

Hot Hands warmers are great for any occasion where long-lasting heat is desired.

  • Outdoor sports
  • Hunting and fishing
  • Tailgating at events
  • Working in the yard
  • Jogging or taking the pet for a walk
  • Shopping or commuting to work

Arthritis in the Hands

Women are more likely than men to have arthritis in their hands, and often people experience arthritis symptoms in their hands before other signs of arthritis show up. Different forms of arthritis affect the hands in different ways. For example, psoriatic arthritis, a type of arthritis related to the skin condition psoriasis, is most likely to cause pain in the joints closest to the fingernails (called the distal joints), while in osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, cartilage can wear down in all the joints in the fingers and thumb. Symptoms of arthritis in the hands may include:

  • Pain in some or all of the joints, including joints of the fingers, wrists, and thumbs
  • The growth of bony knobs on finger joints
  • Numbness in fingers
  • Swollen, red, or warm joints
  • Stiffness in the fingers, especially in the morning in patients who have rheumatoid arthritis
  • Growth of lumps, or nodules, under the skin of the hands in patients with rheumatoid arthritis
  • Fingers that look like “swollen sausages” in patients with psoriatic arthritis
  • Difficulty with motions that require gripping and twisting, such as opening jars
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The progression of arthritis in the hands can actually be measured. People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and psoriatic arthritis lose bone density, which can be measured with bone-density scanning, while the joint damage of osteoarthritis can usually be seen on X-rays.

An example of a microwaveable slipper.

An example of a microwaveable slipper.

2. Microwaveable Slippers

Before I was diagnosed with lupus, I was diagnosed with neuropathy. Symptoms of these include numbness and pain. My feet also get very cold on occasion. These microwaveable booties, as I call them, are perfect for those suffering from neuropathy, arthritis or joint pain resulting from lupus or other inflammatory illness.

Just heat these slippers in the microwave and wear them on your achy feet to ease those aching muscles or joints for fast relief. Great for people with cold feet and poor circulation. Relax while watching TV, at the office, and anywhere you need to feel relief. You can even put them in the freezer and use them to invigorate tired feet after a long day at work.

These Microwavable Sock Slippers are great for:

  • Cold feet and poor circulation
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Joint aches and pains
  • Relaxation and stress relief
  • Relieving pain due to injured muscles
  • Reducing swelling and bruises
  • Promoting muscle relaxation
  • HEAT: soothes sore feet; COLD: invigorates tired feet

Features:

  • Microwavable and washable
  • Aromatherapy: 100% natural—cinnamon, clove, and eucalyptus
  • 1 size fits most
  • Warm and cozy with a refreshing scent
Key turners make it easy for swollen hands to manipulate the key.

Key turners make it easy for swollen hands to manipulate the key.

3. Adaptable Key Devices

Opening a door is an easy task for most people, but can be a difficult task for people with arthritis. Adaptive key devices give better leverage. You can make turning keys easier with any number of adaptive devices that fit on your regular key. Hardware stores and home healthcare stores have different styles from which to choose. Be sure to try these devices first to see which works best for you. Here is a great one to try: key turner.

Features:

  • Increases Leverage for turning key with minimal stress.
  • Snap Over Standard Key
  • Can be used in your home, Your car or almost anywhere
  • Good for everyone including people with arthritis and other
  • This is also good for you if you find it difficult to hold and turning keys for any reason

4. Massage Therapies

For many people with arthritis, pain is hard to manage. One tactic that can be used to fight pain, as well as the stress that comes along with it, is a soothing massage. It does not have to be a full body massage, like the abhyanga massage. It could be just your hands or legs.

Massage is something many people use to soothe sore joints and muscles, to ease anxiety or to help them sleep better, and it can lead to a significant reduction of joint pain for people who have arthritis. Massage is typically done with some form of massage oil such as this Natural massage oil.

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