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Achiness is a super common symptom, and it can be a sign of anything from depression to aging. But achiness is a special kind of problem for people with autoimmune diseases and the chronic inflammation that comes with them. Unfortunately, inflammatory achiness is definitely worse (and often more persistent) than sore muscles after a hard workout. It can feel like pain, swelling, stiffness, tenderness, and warmth in the joints. It can even make it difficult to move around; for example, if you have Lyme, you might feel extra stiff when you wake up. Anti-inflammatory meds like steroids can help relieve aches, but they come with some icky side effects, so use caution. Some aches do get better over time, but you can help reduce pain by trying anti-inflammatory foods and herbs, including omega-3 supplements, fatty fish, turmeric, and white willow bark, which may be as helpful as conventional medications. Other treatments that can help you relax and soothe your aches include gentle yoga, massage, or infrared sauna. Feeling achy can make it hard to go about your normal day, but it helps that there are lots of different healing options out there. Play around until you find one that works for you!

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