Heat is wonderful and so can aspercream or that capsicam cream too for some relief. Control the arthritis and
you control the pain level. Celebrex, methotrexate, enbrel, humira
..... many NSAIDS just to mention a few RA drugs out there.
Prednisone does seem like the miriacle cure for a while, I know, been there done that, but can cause the endrocan (sp) system to not function normally since it starts to depend on the steroids, prednisone, instead.