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

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These drugs aim to slow down RA, and in ideal cases, they bring about remission.

Remission With RA: Is it Possible?

A rheumatology expert describes what remission really means for a person living with RA and how likely it is to achieve it.

What You Should Know About a New RA Blood Test

The Vectra DA test is designed to measure how effective your meds are. Here’s how it works.

Your Rheumatoid Arthritis Reading List

Figuring out how to live well with rheumatoid arthritis can feel isolating. These 12 authors have been in your shoes and their books are incredibly helpful.

Expanding Your Resource Toolkit for RA

You can't go it alone, so it helps to have a team of health experts from doctors to physical therapists helping to keep you afloat with rheumatoid arthritis.

Go Ahead, Get the Massage — You Deserve it, and It’ll Help Your RA

Contrary to popular belief and concerns, massage isn’t likely going to make your RA pain worse — it’s actually known to decrease pain, as well as improve grip strength, range of motion, and general joint function. Plus, there’s that whole stress-relief and relaxation benefit.

Painsomnia: No, I Can’t 'Just Get More Sleep' — I'm Hurting!

Life with a chronic illness comes with pain. If your pain makes it difficult to sleep at night, you're not alone. There’s a name for it: 'painsomnia.'

What You Need to Know Before Getting Vaccinated

When you have RA, you have approximately double the risk of infection compared to the general population because of your suppressed immune system. But before you get vaccinated to protect yourself, this is what you need to know.

New Tool Compares Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs

How do you decide which rheumatoid arthritis medication is right for you? A new tool can help you and your doctor compare your options.

8 RA Flare Triggers to Avoid

RA has a mind of its own — it can be horribly unpredictable. Identifying your triggers and getting ahead of them can keep a flare at bay — and keep you in the driver’s seat for your RA.