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Read This Before You Board a Plane With Ankylosing Spondylitis

For a smooth journey — from security to baggage claim — here’s what to know about TSA medication rules, navigating the airport with a wheelchair, and preventing joint stiffness in flight.

By Charis Hill

Read This Before You Book a Flight if You Have Ankylosing Spondylitis

Catching a plane? Here’s what to know before you go, with ankylosing spondylitis — what to pack and how to navigate airline policies.

By Charis Hill

There's an App for That — Including Your RA

Life with rheumatoid arthritis is all over the map. One day, your knees are screaming in pain, the next, it’s your hands and shoulders. Here are some tools to track your symptoms so you can report them to your doctor.

By Cathy Kramer

10 Common Causes of Low Back Pain

Considering one of the most common reasons for a doctor's visits is low back pain, we should probably be aware of the causes — so we can avoid them. Injuries, osteoporosis and even fear can contribute to lower back pain. Learn these 10 reasons your low back might be bothering you.

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

Not Your Usual Back Pain Problems

When you hurt your back, you think of it stemming from lifting heavy things, falling, or taking a bad step on the stairs. But really, you’d be surprised at what could actually be the bad back culprit — like your cell phone, or smoking.

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

Ankylosing Spondylitis Doesn’t Take Away Your Ability to Dream

Despite the fact that she was beaten and battered by the end of New York Fashion Week, Charis Hill doesn’t regret following her dreams of being a model. She hob-nobs with celebrity models and walks in Michael Kuluva’s Tumbler and Tipsy NYFW show — and takes us along for the ride.

By Charis Hill

Do You Have a Pain Specialist in Addition to Your Rheumatologist?

In case you didn't already know, RA is a complex condition that can benefit from a team approach. Meaning, you need a rheumatologist to treat your RA, and a pain specialist to treat your pain. Here's why.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Change Your Diet, Change Your Life With RA

If you’re looking for ways to control the inflammation that has taken over your body from RA, diet may be at the top of the list.

By Cathy Kramer

Busting Myths About RA Pain and Opioids

In order to squash the stigma on opioid use for chronic pain, you must first understand the myths that surround pain for those living with RA. Use this piece as an explainer for your friends and family who just don't get it.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Don’t Judge Me For My Opioids

The opioid crisis has a much different meaning in the chronic pain community. Instead of abuse, they’re talking about dependence. This is the other side of opioids — when your life depends on it.

By Lene Andersen, MSW