So speaking as someone who is always cold, and has always been cold her whole life, I really truly thought heat was what my RA craved.
I would happily sleep in flannel sheets in the summer, I wear sweaters over short sleeves year round, and that one time my heater broke, I thought I was going to die.
Additionally, my go to comfort when I’m flaring has always been the hot tub and steam room at the gym. Seriously. I maintain a membership at a more expensive gym simply so that I always have access to that.
So color me crazy when I couldn’t sleep the other night because I was achey…I went to fill a cup with ice to crunch on (guilty pleasure) and I spied an ice pack a friend had left in my freezer.
I saw it and something inside me said ‘try it.’ So I did and I slept like a baby. I woke up feeling much better. And I’ve slept every night with it since…
Moral: don’t get stuck on one idea that you think is the trick to feeling better when you haven’t explored the opposite!