Lene Andersen, MSW

Patient Expert

Lene Andersen is an author, health and disability advocate, and photographer living in Toronto. Lene (pronounced Lena) has lived with rheumatoid arthritis since she was four years old and uses her experience to help others with chronic illness. She has written several books, including Your Life with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Tools for Managing Treatment, Side Effects and Pain, and 7 Facets: A Meditation on Pain, as well as the award-winning blog, The Seated View.

Lene serves on HealthCentral's Health Advocates Advisory Board, and is a Social Ambassador for the RAHealthCentral on Facebook page. She is also one of HealthCentral's Live Bold, Live Now heroes — watch her incredible journey of living with RA.

Conditions Covered:Rheumatoid Arthritis, Pain Management, Arthritis & Joints

Latest by Lene Andersen, MSW

Drunken Raisins to Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis

How exactly does getting drunk on raisins treat your RA, you wonder? Well, the jury is still out, to be honest. Some swear by this drunken remedy, while science doesn’t quite back it just yet. Still, it might be worth a try for you.

Busting Myths About RA Pain and Opioids

In order to squash the stigma on opioid use for chronic pain, you must first understand the myths that surround pain for those living with RA. Use this piece as an explainer for your friends and family who just don't get it.

Don’t Judge Me For My Opioids

The opioid crisis has a much different meaning in the chronic pain community. Instead of abuse, they’re talking about dependence. This is the other side of opioids — when your life depends on it.

How People With Chronic Pain Feel About the Opioid Crisis

Recent discussions around opioids focus on addiction and overdoses. What’s missing from the discussion is the collective voice of 100 million Americans who live with chronic pain and frequently rely on the prescription forms of these drugs for pain relief. We asked the chronic pain community how they felt about the opioid crisis.

Tracking Your RA Symptoms

Making note of your symptoms can be a valuable way to cope with the pain and flares of RA. The first step is keeping a symptom diary.

A Sweet Remedy For Your RA

Studies show that drinking tart cherry juice or eating tart cherries helps to reduce arthritis pain and inflammation. Add some tart cherry juice to sparkling water, teas, or smoothies for a delicious and healing boost.

Can You Imagine an RA-Free Future?

Most people with RA have to try several drugs before finding one that works for them. But what if you were diagnosed before any symptoms, and treatments were tailored to your very genetic makeup, environment, and lifestyle? That’s precision medicine.

Don’t Get Stuck in Your RA Treatment — There Are Other Options

If your current RA treatment isn’t working for you, maybe it’s time to consider one of these other options, like NSAIDs, biologics, steroids, or a tailored treatment plan.

How to Manage Infection Risk With a Suppressed Immune System

The introduction of biologics and other treatments for RA has been great, but treatments do come with a downside. Since they suppress the immune system, they also increase your risk of infection. How do you treat your RA, while also boosting your immune system?

If You're a Woman With RA, You're Susceptible to Other Conditions

It's not enough that you live with RA — if you are a woman with RA it opens up your immune system to other chronic conditions. But, unlike with RA, there are things you can do to prevent these comorbidities.