Lene Andersen

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.

Conditions Covered:Rheumatoid Arthritis, Pain Management

Latest by Lene Andersen

Facts About a Rheumatoid Arthritis Diagnosis

The process of getting an answer about the symptoms you’ve been having is not always straightforward. These are the tests and assessments that are taken into consideration when diagnosing RA.

Taking Pride in Your RA Body

If you’re sitting there feeling shameful for your RA hands, swollen joints, or inability to be as active as others — stop. Be loud, proud, and unashamed.

Can Antibiotics Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis?

For a small group of people living with RA, who have low disease activity, antibiotics may do the trick for treatment.

“Fatty Liver” Possible Side Effect of Methotrexate

If you are taking methotrexate and battling extra weight, you could be at risk of developing a fatty liver, which can lead to fibrosis and cirrhosis of the liver.

The Consequences of Taking Antibiotics and Methotrexate at The Same Time

It is very important to avoid taking antibiotics and methotrexate at the same time for these two reasons.

What To Expect… When You're No Longer Expecting

You’ve had your baby — congratulations! Now what? How do I care for my baby while still caring for myself? What will happen with my RA? Will it come back with a vengeance? You take care of the baby — we’ll take care of you.

What You Need to Know About Methotrexate

When you first get diagnosed with RA there is a very good chance that you will leave your doctor’s office with a prescription for methotrexate. Here’s everything you should know about the medication, from side effects to benefits.

Vitamin D and Rheumatoid Arthritis: The Real Deal Behind This Sunny Vitamin

Based on its presence in the news, it seems as if vitamin D is a cure-all for almost anything, including hangnails and a bad hair day. But what about RA?

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?

How Someone Who Can’t Have Children Feels About Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a day of celebration — but for those who can’t bear children because of a chronic condition, it can be a bit of a dreadful day.