Latest by Lene Andersen, MSW

Can You Imagine an RA-Free Future?

Most people with RA have to try several drugs before finding one that works for them. But what if you were diagnosed before any symptoms, and treatments were tailored to your very genetic makeup, environment, and lifestyle? That’s precision medicine.

Don’t Get Stuck in Your RA Treatment — There Are Other Options

If your current RA treatment isn’t working for you, maybe it’s time to consider one of these other options, like NSAIDs, biologics, steroids, or a tailored treatment plan.

How to Manage Infection Risk With a Suppressed Immune System

The introduction of biologics and other treatments for RA has been great, but treatments do come with a downside. Since they suppress the immune system, they also increase your risk of infection. How do you treat your RA, while also boosting your immune system?

If You're a Woman With RA, You're Susceptible to Other Conditions

It's not enough that you live with RA — if you are a woman with RA it opens up your immune system to other chronic conditions. But, unlike with RA, there are things you can do to prevent these comorbidities.

Women Are More Likely Than Men to Have a Chronic Disease

Just what every woman wants to hear. But, unfortunately, 38 percent of American women have at least one chronic health condition, compared to 30 percent of men. Find out what it’s costing women — in finances and life.

Let’s Talk About Sex — And The Lack Thereof on RA Meds

Your RA medications can cause a loss of libido, and even affect your menstrual cycle and cause dryness. There is a very good chance that by modifying your treatment, you’ll be able to live your life to the fullest, including having a healthy sex life.

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.