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Latest by Lene Andersen, MSW

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Doctor & Patient

It's Your Rheumatoid Arthritis, Not Your Doctor's

You are the expert on how you feel. Help your doctor find the best treatment options for your RA by speaking up for yourself in the exam room.

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Treatment

A Good Doctor is Hard to Find

Finding a good rheumatologist is like dating: You may have to try a few before finding 'the one.'

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Living With

How to Be Your Own Best Advocate With RA

It takes practice but knowing how to advocate for yourself will help you feel confident and safe in the treatments you receive.

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Living With

Good Morning, Stiff Joints! Let’s Have a Better Day

A good night’s sleep is great for your RA, but that long period of inactivity can mean waking with stiff, sluggish-to-move joints. Try these tricks for easing morning stiffness, giving you a jump start to your day.

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Living With

How to Get a Great RA Care Team

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

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Autoimmune Diseases

How a Dietitian Can Help with RA

Learn how adding a dietitian to your health care team can help you be the healthiest version of yourself.

Doctor giving a rheumatoid arthritis patient a vaccine.
Vaccines

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.

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Alternative Treatment

Why a Massage Might Help Your RA

Some people with rheumatoid arthritis think a massage will make their condition worse, but a good massage can actually reduce pain and improve joint function.

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Risk Factors

8 RA Flare Triggers You Should Avoid

Rheumatoid arthritis flares can happen at any time. Avoid these common triggers to take control of your RA and keep flares at bay.

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Living With

Take Control of RA One Small Step At A Time

Have you been putting off trying a new treatment or starting a rheumatoid arthritis-friendly diet? Try making one of these 12 small changes each month.