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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Recruit Your Kids For Your Health Team

We're not kidding — your kids can be a vital part of keeping your energy up and pain levels at bay. Trying to do it all — care for children, grocery shop, cook, and clean — is most likely more than you alone can accomplish. So enlist their help — we'll tell you how.

By Cathy Kramer

Patient and Blogger Stands Up Against the Opioid Stigma

While politicians, policy makers, and medical experts are arguing about the best way to solve the opioid crisis, the blogger behind Chronic Mom says, opioids saved her life.

By Pamela Kaufman

Is it RA?

All signs point to yes — but, hold on, that doesn’t mean you absolutely have RA. After all, you can test positive for the RA factor but still not have the condition. You have to look at the full picture.

By Stephanie Stephens

Not a Dry Eye in The House — Unless You Have RA

Believe it or not, RA issues can show up in your eyes, too. So if you’re experiencing dry eyes, blurred vision, or severe eye pain, it could be the usual culprit — your RA.

By Stephanie Stephens

Little-Known RA Complications and How to Manage Them

With RA, you typically think of the joint pain and stiffness, but what about RA “lung” (ILD), heart disease, osteoporosis, and eye disease? Know how to protect yourself — and ultimately, your health.

By Stephanie Stephens

Combined Dermatology-Rheumatology Clinics: A Look at Collaborative Care

Combined clinics are popping up across the U.S. to treat psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, and other conditions. Learn what research says about collaboration.

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

ALL the Ways to Work Out When You Have RA

Whether your RA is moderate or severe, there is a workout option out there for you — and we had our expert RA writers try them, first-hand, just to prove it.

By Carmen Roberts, MS, RD, LDN

Is the Keto Diet Right For You and Your Chronic Condition?

It’s all the rage these days, but how does it benefit your chronic condition? Well, you’d be surprised. With it’s high-fat, low-carb plan, you’re able to lose weight, lower your blood sugar levels, and decrease inflammation in joints and the gut. Sign us up!

By Carmen Roberts, MS, RD, LDN

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

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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 ...