Rheumatoid Arthritis

All about rheumatoid arthritis (RA), including symptoms, traditional and complementary treatments, management, lifestyle tips like recipes for inflammation, and inspirational stories of living with RA.

Living with RA: Turning Points

"I'm healthier today than I was before I was diagnosed with RA."

Latest

A Warming Side Dish That Won’t Mess With Your RA

When it comes to special-occasion food, there are dishes so good, and so easy to make, they quickly make their way into your regular recipe rotation — like this one!

By Emil DeAndreis

A Tropical, RA-Friendly Breakfast in a Bowl

Try this rheumatoid arthritis-friendly, anti-inflammatory breakfast bowl that’s packed with protein and fresh produce.

By Emil DeAndreis

Dinner With RA? Spaghetti Squash Pesto Bake

This soul-warming casserole replaces inflammation-triggering pasta with rheumatoid arthritis-friendly spaghetti squash.

By Emil DeAndreis

This Year (With RA) is Gonna Be Great!

Repeat after me: “I can choose to live better with my RA.” Got it? Good. Here are 10 choices to consider this new year to help you get started right now.

By Marianna Paulson, B.Ed., B.P.E.-O.R.

Play Nice With Your RA to Avoid Pain and Flares

Our RA may not be going anywhere soon, but it doesn't have toown us. Here are some practical ways to keep your RA in check so it doesn’t control your life.

By Cathy Kramer

When Helpful Kids Leave the Nest

When kids grow up with a parent who has RA, they learn to be empathetic and helpful. So what happens when they move out on their own? Here are tips on filling the void they've left behind.

By Cathy Kramer

Rheumatology in Russia

In this Q&A, Russian rheumatologist Daria Kusevich shares what it's like to be a rheumatoid arthritis patient in Russia.

By Emil DeAndreis

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.'

By Lene Andersen, MSW

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.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Can Acupuncture Help Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Learn how this traditional Chinese medicine might help your modern-day RA by reducing pain and inflammation.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Featured Collections

Living Well with RA

When your body's in pain, how do you move forward? Find expert advice and use the collective wisdom of fellow RA patients and caregivers to live with greater ease at home, work, and beyond.

Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Can you guess which world record this mom with RA broke? Find even more stories of men and women staying active with rheumatoid arthritis, from the dance studio to the shores of the Great Lakes.

Meet the Experts

Lene Andersen, MSW

Patient Expert

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

Cathy Kramer

Patient Expert

Cathy Kramer shares her life experiences as they relate to rheumatoid arthritis.

Emil DeAndreis

Patient Expert

Emil DeAndreis is an English professor and baseball coach who chronicles his journey of losing a professional baseball career to RA.

Lene Andersen, MSW

Patient Expert

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

Health News

Genetics and Environmental Factors in RA

Reserachers find that genetics and environmental pollutants can work together to cause bone damage if you have RA. Learm more about the connection.

Study Links RA to Bacteria in Milk and Beef

Bacteria commonly found in milk and beef, Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP) may trigger rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in people with a genetic predisposition to the disease, according to a study from the University of Central Florida ...

The Menopause Effect on Rheumatoid Arthritis

Post-menopausal women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) experience faster physical decline than pre-menopausal women with the disease, according to a study involving more than 8,000 women and published in Rheumatology. Symptoms of RA, including painful ...