Six Tips for Exercising with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Physical therapist Danielle McCormack says with the right preparations, people with RA can exercise safely and comfortably. Consult your doctor or a physical therapist before starting any exercise routine.
Conditions That Mimic Rheumatoid Arthritis
Many conditions have similar symptoms to rheumatoid arthritis, which can make the right diagnosis challenging. Knowing the similarities and differences could help you get the treatment you need.
6 Facts on Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sex and Relationships
Having rheumatoid arthritis can affect the sex lives of men and women in different ways, but these challenges are rarely talked about. Part of the problem is the lack of communication between patients and doctors about sex. Here are a few basic things to know.
6 Characteristics of a Great Rheumatologist
The common piece of advice to "find a good rheumatologist" can be overwhelming if you don't know what to look for in a doctor, especially if you're newly diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Here are few suggestions to keep in mind.
How to Prepare for Your First Appointment with a Rheumatologist
Being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis can be overwhelming, leaving you with a long list of questions and concerns. That's why being prepared for your first appointment with a rheumatologist can help you get the answers to your questions, so you leave the appointment feeling confident about how to tackle your rheumatoid arthritis.
10 Celebrities with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Celebrities are not immune to medical problems and conditions, and many well-known people have journeyed through life with rheumatoid arthritis. Some may be familiar, and others might be a surprise.
8 Facts About Vitamin D and Rheumatoid Arthritis
Vitamin D deficiency can be a problem for people with chronic illness, such as rheumatoid arthritis. Getting enough is important for your health and maybe even your mood!
10 Ways to Make Daily Life Easier with Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis can present unique challenges in your daily life. Here are some tips and tricks to ease your pain and help with mundane activities.
8 Tips for Traveling with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Whether you're traveling by plane, train or automobile, there are special considerations that will make your journey less stressful.
5 Steps to Dealing with an RA Diagnosis
Being diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis can be overwhelming and scary, but following these 5 steps can help you come to terms with your new diagnosis.
5 Gift Ideas for Peope with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Whether it's a birthday present, mother's day gift, or another gift-giving holiday, it's hard to come up with useful gift ideas for people with rheumatoid arthritis. Here are a few to remember the next time you're out shopping for your loved one.
8 Ways to Treat Dry Eyes and Mouth
Sjögren's syndrome is an inflammatory disease with unknown cause that can affect many different parts of the body, but most often affects the tear and saliva glands. Sjögren's syndrome (SS) can develop on its own (called “primary SS”) or as a complication of another autoimmune disorder (called “secondary SS”), most often lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.
10 Basic Facts about Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic disease in which various joints in the body are inflamed, leading to swelling, pain, stiffness, and the possible loss of function. Read on for more facts on RA.
10 Fashion Habits That Exacerbate Pain
Pain from rheumatoid arthritis can be hard to deal with on its own, but some fashion choices can make the pain even worse. Here are a few of the biggest pain culprits.
What Does Rheumatoid Arthritis Feel Like?
Ask someone with rheumatoid arthritis to tell you about their biggest frustration and chances are they'll mention the misconception that RA is like osteoarthritis (OA). Here are some explanations of what RA feels like.
10 Tips for Building and Maintaining Energy with Rheumatoid Arthritis
A 2011 study published in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases stated that 70 percent of people with RA experience a healthy dollop of fatigue, sometimes a level of exhaustion as profound as in chronic fatigue syndrome. It can make it impossible to do your job, take care of your family or just get through the day. Even when you're responding to treatment, sometimes that makes you tired, too. Here are some tips for building and managing your energy.
9 Tips for Managing Gastrointestinal Side Effects from RA
Many RA meds have one side effect in common: they can make your gastrointestinal system very unhappy. Acid reflux or GERD can make it feel as if there's a roiling vat of acid burning up your midregion. Then there's nausea, bloating, gas and constipation or diarrhea that can feel very similar to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Speak to your doctor about your symptoms. If they seem to be side effects of your medications, most of the time, it's possible to find a way to manage them.
- 5 Advances in Stem Cell Research This is a roundup of recent stem cell studies that provide breakthrough discoveries and potential new treatments for a variety of conditions.
8 Facts About Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia
As many of our users live with both RA and fibromyalgia, Karen Lee Richards - the Community Leader of our Chronic Pain site - and Lene Andersen on the RA site interviewed each other about RA and fibro.
10 Grassroots Advocates for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Many people who live with rheumatoid arthritis are engaged in advocacy and raising awareness in one way or another. Many more want to get involved, but have limited energy or don’t know what to do. As part of our celebration of Arthritis Awareness Month, we wanted to profile a number of people who have found various ways, big and small, to spread the word.
- 10 Things that Make Life with Rheumatoid Arthritis Easier When you have rheumatoid arthritis, interacting with objects in your home, garden and office can be frustrating and painful. This post will feature products and places that can make your life easier.
5 Tips for Coping with Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain
Pain from RA usually can be managed with the right blend of painkillers, but sometimes it hits with blinding force. Even in those times, there are ways to cope.
8 Tips for Coping with Lupus
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can force you to make some life changes. Here are some tips to stay sane and live an active, healthy lifestyle despite lupus.
5 Tips for Exercising with Lupus
People with lupus struggle with fatigue, sore joints, dizziness and other symptoms that can make exercising difficult, but most people can still participate in some kind of physical activity.
11 Frequently Asked Questions about RA
Here are some of the questions commonly asked by our community members about RA and my answers.
- Holiday Health Tips HealthCentral experts answer your questions about staying healthy through the holidays.
- 8 Tips to Relieve Holiday Stress with RA The holidays can be stressful regardless of a chronic condition, but having rheumatoid arthritis makes it that much more important to slow down and de-stress. Here are some tips to make sure you stay healthy and happy during this time of year.
- 10 Ways Lupus Affects the Body Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can affect several different parts of the body. Here are some of the ways lupus can affect your health.
5 Facts About Gout
Gout is sometimes confused with other types of arthritis, as symptoms can be similar. Here’s what you should know about it.