I can clearly remember several months before I really began to manifest more definitive signs of RA, that my neck was stiff, painful and tight much of the time. I now believe that it was just the beginning of what would become a journey with a chronic and painful disease.
The challenge, of course, is how to deal with it and not let the pain and discomfort derail your ability to handle your RA. As with all aspects of chronic disease, there are tools we can acquire and include in our RA Tool Box to help us manage this too!
I have found that stretching exercises when done regularly (and that is probably the biggest challenge) and correctly can be the key to relief and even prevent further issues. There are a number of great links to sites that show a variety of great exercises...here is one of my favorites.
One of the reasons I like this site is that there are excellent illustrations that accompany the descriptions and I find them very useful. I tend to be a visual learner so good visual diagrams are most appreciated!
In addition to stretching exercises, many experts recommend strength training for increasing mobility in your neck, back and shoulders.