Latest by Lene Andersen, MSW

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.

Stop Pretending That You’re “Fine”

We all do it — pretend that everything is OK when really, it isn’t. Whether you’re putting on a brave face to protect yourself, or to shield others from knowing what it’s like to live with a chronic condition, you’re not doing either of you any favors.

Medicare for RA: Where Do I Even Start?

Parts A, B, C, D, plus supplemental parts F, G, K… you lost me. How do I know which Medicare plans I’ll actually need for my RA, according to the meds and care I need? We break it all down and help you determine which plan is right for you.

3 Reason Why We're Not All in Remission Yet

People with RA should be doing better by now — we have more new treatments than ever with new targeted approaches to treating the condition. So why aren't we experiencing more remission and lower disease activity?

Why You Need to Protect Your Kidneys

People with rheumatoid arthritis have a higher risk of developing kidney disease. Here are the symptoms to watch for and what you can do about them.

Before You Take CBD Oil for RA, Here’s What You Need to Know

CBD oil, created from the cannabis plant, is an increasingly popular alternative treatment for those in the chronic pain community. But before you “dig in,” you should probably know whether it’s legal — and safe.