Leslie Rott

Leslie wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA).

Latest by Leslie Rott

Top 10 Challenges of RA the Invisible Illness

Here are some of the challenges of living with RA. (All images credit: Thinkstock)

Who Can Help with Your RA?

When managing rheumatoid arthritis, you may, at times, benefit from the help of other health-related professionals – aside from your medical team. Here are some resources to look into with your family members and/or caregivers.

Talking About Chronic Illness at Work

I have been in my current job as a Health Data Analyst & Client Liaison for a long-term home care company for two months and have been with my current company for just over six months, and I was pretty open and honest about my illnesses from the ...

10 Ways to Practice Self-Care During a Busy Life

Sometimes self-care goes out the window, despite our best efforts. We get too busy with school or work, our friends invite us to outings we really want to take part in, we over-schedule ourselves, or we simply overdo it, to the point where our body j...

Flaring Again: Dealing with Symptoms After a Long Quiet Period

Unfortunately, an inevitable side effect of chronic illness can be denial. I’ve experienced a lot of major life events over the last three years: getting my PhD, moving to New York, my grandfather dying six months later, my dad dying six months after ...

Maybe I Do Need a Rheumatologist, After All

I have a confession to make: despite flaring again for the first time in years, I had not been to a rheumatologist in eight months. When my health remained pretty stable for the last three years, I guess I got caught up in the idea that maybe I didn’...

Big Pharma's Role in Arthritis Awareness and Education

It’s important for pharmaceutical companies to understand that they are in a unique position, with regard to both patients and the general public, when it comes to arthritis awareness and education.

RA and Birth Control

When you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), choosing to add additional medications/medical devices to your regimen can be a difficult decision. One example is birth control. Birth control can be contraindicated in some autoimmune diseases if you have ce...

Don't Let Sun Sensitivity Ruin Your Summer

Summer time has become synonymous with “fun in the sun.” Not so much, though, if you are sensitive to the sun. For people with chronic illnesses, the sun’s ray’s can be problematic due to a variety of reasons ranging from things such as the disease i...

For Health Advocates - Ways to Deal with Fatigue

May is lupus and arthritis awareness month. And while I can see my fellow advocates spreading awareness on social media on a daily basis, I cannot seem to get involved, even though I have both of these illnesses. Part of me applauds them for their ef...