Arthritis & Joints

Tips, inspiration stories, recipes, and more for those living with conditions relating to arthrtis and joints, including rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, gout, and more.

Conditions That Mimic RA

Having symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis? It may also be these conditions.

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How to Live When You’re in RA Limbo

If you’re lucky enough to reach a point when your RA meds are working wonderfully, and you’re not seeing any side effects of the chronic condition, you can either live with arms wide open, or in constant fear of its return. Your choice.

By Cathy Kramer

A Tropical, RA-Friendly Breakfast in a Bowl

Got a handful of frozen berries and some spinach that’s about to go bad? Then you’ve got breakfast! Try this rheumatoid-arthritis friendly, anti-inflammatory breakfast bowl that’s packed with protein and fresh produce.

By Emil DeAndreis

Eat This, Not That, For Ankylosing Spondylitis

While there isn’t a diet that will cure AS, there are certain things that you could be eating to help minimize your joint pain and swelling — or foods you’re eating that could be making it worse. Choose wisely.

By Carmen Roberts, MS, RD, LDN

Sleeping Well With Psoriatic Arthritis

Joint pain and itchiness can disrupt healthy sleep. But some simple, proactive steps can help.

By Eileen Bailey

Psoriatic Arthritis: Need a Treatment Change?

Psoriatic arthritis is unpredictable and progressive: it can worsen gradually, and even imperceptibly. If any of the items on this checklist apply to your condition, it may be time to talk to your doctor about a new treatment plan.

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

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.'

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Study: Psoriatic Arthritis Improves in Pregnancy

Researchers in Norway found that 75 percent of women experienced low psoriatic arthritis activity during pregnancy.

By Casey Nilsson

Manage Your Next RA Flare With These 10 Tips

Did you know that staying in bed for an RA flare isn’t always best? Experts recommend alternating periods of rest with movement to keep joints from getting stiff. These 10 tips can help you during your next RA flare.

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

Embrace the Flavors of Fall While Caring for Your RA

Warming up with a bowl of chili or crunching on a sweet apple can actually benefit your rheumatoid arthritis. We detail which fall foods can help or harm your RA.

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

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.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Meet the Experts

Lene Andersen, MSW

Patient Expert

Lene Andersen is an author, health and disability advocate, and photographer. She lives with rheumatoid arthritis.

Charis Hill

Patient Expert

Charis is a patient expert who writes about ankylosing spondylitis with hopes to educate and raise awareness.

Julie Cerrone Croner

Patient Expert

Julie Cerrone Croner is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, Yoga Instructor & Blogger thriving with psoriatic arthritis & avascular necrosis

Lene Andersen, MSW

Patient Expert

Lene Andersen is an author, health and disability advocate, and photographer. She lives with rheumatoid arthritis.