Rheumatoid Arthritis

All about rheumatoid arthritis (RA), including symptoms, traditional and complementary treatments, management, lifestyle tips 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."

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Drunken Raisins to Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis

How exactly does getting drunk on raisins treat your RA, you wonder? Well, the jury is still out, to be honest. Some swear by this drunken remedy, while science doesn’t quite back it just yet. Still, it might be worth a try for you.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

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

The Factors That Put You at a Higher Risk of Developing RA

Your age, genetics, and even exposure to smoke at a young age can have an effect on whether you develop RA, or not.

By Eileen Bailey

You May Think You Know About RA, But You Have No Idea

People assume so many things about living with RA, like that it’s “just a joint disease,” or that men can’t get it. These facts may help clear things up.

By Lisa Emrich

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

Juggling Mom Life, RA, and The Guilt That Comes With It

When your child, no matter the age, needs you and you can’t provide because your RA is holding you down, it is hard to not feel guilty. Pile on the fact that RA is hereditary, and you’re left shouldering a world of guilt. You’re not alone.

By Cathy Kramer

Do You Have Mild, Moderate, or Severe RA?

How different are the symptoms between mild, moderate, and severe RA - and how do you treat each type?

By Mark Borigini, M.D.

Tracking Your RA Symptoms

Making note of your symptoms can be a valuable way to cope with the pain and flares of RA. The first step is keeping a symptom diary.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Real People, Real RA

Does life with RA mean all dreams must be deferred? Not at all. Meet men and women who have adapted and overcome to keep up with the hobbies, sports, and pursuits they love.

By The HealthCentral Editorial Team

Celebrities With RA: They're Just Like Us

It's hard to believe that some of these celebrities live with RA. For some, you’d never know, and for others, they proudly share their lives with RA — some have even shared in interviews with HealthCentral.

By Eileen Bailey

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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

Lene Andersen, MSW

Patient Expert

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

Health News

Genetics Combine with Environmental Factors in RA

Previous studies have shown that people with a particular version of the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) gene are at increased risk for developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and that environmental factors, such as cigarette smoking and air pollution, ca...

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 ...