Lene  Andersen

Lene Andersen, Patient Expert

Lene Andersen is the Community Leader for HealthCentral’s RA Community. Lene (pronounced Lena) is an award-winning writer, health and disability advocate, and photographer living in Toronto. She’s 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. Follow Lene on Twitter @TheSeatedView and on Facebook. Watch her story on HealthCentral.

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Low Back Pain

It hurts when you lie down; it hurts when you sit; it hurts when you even think about moving. Is it connected to your RA — and what can you do to cope?
Lene Andersen

Foods That Can Make Your Rheumatoid Arthritis Better

While those with RA respond differently to foods — some positive, and some negative — a new study shows evidence of the impact of specific foods and diets for RA. Find out which ones you should turn to, and which to avoid.
Lene Andersen

10 Things Even RA Vets May Not Know

There have been so many developments in RA over the last decade that there are complexities that even those who have lived with RA their entire lives may not know. Be aware of discoveries like RA’s link to heart disease and dental health.
Lene Andersen

Rheumatoid Arthritis Medications and Pregnancy

It’s commonly believed that if you’re pregnant, you shouldn’t take any medication at all because it may hurt the baby. But when you have RA, it may actually be better for both you and your baby to control your RA with medication. Here’s what you can ...
Lene Andersen

What You Need to Know About RA and Pregnancy

Can I still take my medication while pregnant? Will I pass RA to my baby? Will my RA get worse while I’m pregnant? These are real and tough concerns — and we’re addressing all of them.
Lene Andersen

Don't Judge Me Because I Have RA

Whether it’s by doctors, friends, colleagues, or even your closest family, their words can hurt when they just don’t understand what it’s like to live with RA.
Lene Andersen