Newly Diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Have you just been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis?  If so, you probably have many questions about Rheumatoid Arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis treatment, and rheumatoid arthritis medication. Here's what to do next.

Beginner's Guide to RA

  • Get the Basics on RA
    To fight Rheumatoid Arthritis, you have to understand the condition inside and out. Start here to learn everything you can about the autoimmune disease.
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    6 Things to Do Right Now
    Being diagnosed with a chronic illness can be a relief because, finally, you know what's wrong. Here are 6 steps to get you started.
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    Telling Your Friends and Family
    Some of your relationships will thrive and support you, but other relationships will not survive your diagnosis. And that, surprisingly, can be a good thing.
  • Don't Forget Love and Sex!
    Whether you're single or part of a couple, you may wonder how RA will affect your romantic life. Here's how to make it work (passionately!).
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    Being Mom or Dad With RA
    Despite physical challenges you can show your children unconditional love, patience and teach them how to become kind, responsible human beings.
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    Working With RA
    We have all worried that RA will cost us our job, either because it may affect our performance or because of discrimination. But here's how to make work work for you.
  • Going Back to School
    The more education you have, the more choices you have and the more likely it is that your job will be done mostly in your head, not involving physical exertion.
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    Getting Social Security
    You can be overwhelmed by the Social Security application process, but you don't have to figure it all out yourself.
  • How to Be A Self Advocate
    You have a lot to learn about living with RA, including standing up for yourself. Learn how to ask questions and make decisions that are best for you.

For Everyone New To RA

A letter to all the Rheumatoid Arthritis "Newbies"

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If you are newly diagnosed there may be some things that your doctor has not prepared you for. Here's a letter to all of you about what to expect and for you to know that we're all here to help.
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Finding Dr. Right

5 Things to Look for in a Rheumatologist

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Find out what kind of doctor you need on your team, how to get the most out of the doctor you have and, if necessary, decide when it's time to find a new doctor.
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Pay Less for Medicine

Get Financial Assistance for Your Rheumatoid Arthritis Medications

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Find information on drug and patient assistance programs that help you get your drugs for much less money, regardless of your insurance coverage.
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Rheumatoid Arthritis Questions

Newly Diagnosed Questions

You are not alone. Read the questions and answers from others on the site. Find information you seek, share information or ask a question of the community.
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My Story With RA

Sara's Rheumatoid Arthritis Diagnosis Dilemma

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Hearing "YOU HAVE RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS," hurdled me into an entirely new understanding of myself.
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Managing Rheumatoid Arthritis

Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis

Learn how to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis through drugs, surgery and lifestyle changes best suited for you. Get the facts on drugs, surgery, even yoga, here!
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