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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.

Latest by Lene Andersen, MSW

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Living With

A Very Personal Take on RA

The world isn't geared toward the chronically ill. Instead, we have to carve out our place. And after five decades of living with RA, our new columnist Lene Andersen has some things to say about that.

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Second Opinion

I'm Dependent on Opioids, and I'm Not the Problem

Get a perspective from the other side of the opioid crisis, where these medications provide vital relief for people with chronic pain.

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Complications

What You Need to Know About RA and Pregnancy

Can you take your medication while pregnant? Will you pass RA to your baby? Will your condition get worse during pregnancy? Read on to learn the answers.

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Complications

Why Your RA Doctor Needs to Know About That Annoying Dry Cough—Now

If you have rheumatoid arthritis, you have a strong chance of developing interstitial lung disease. That’s right, your joint condition can actually have a big impact on how you breathe. Here, the symptoms to watch for—and five ways to reduce your risk.

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Self Care

5 Meditation Tips for Beginners

These meditation tips will help you stick with your practice and cope with your rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, too.

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Tests

Taking the Ouch Out of Blood Tests

In the lab again to check on your rheumatoid arthritis? We've got six tips to make those blood draw easier.

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Treatment

When Your RA Is an Actual Pain in the Neck

Up to 80 percent of people with RA have neck pain. Find out which symptoms you should not ignore.

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Living With

A Simple Energy Boost for People With Rheumatoid Arthritis

‘Spoon theory’ can help you edge out pain and fatigue to get through today without the inevitable flare tomorrow.

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Living With

The Incredible Pain-Killing Powers of Orgasm

It’s difficult to harness the feel-good effects of sex when rheumatoid arthritis is in the room. We’ve got some strategies for getting in the mood and finding the pleasure that can trump your pain.

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Diagnosis

Is My Arthritis Pain Age-Related or Something More?

Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are not the same conditions. Know the differences so you can seek the right treatment.