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."

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All This Stress Can't Be Good for My RA

Untreated RA combined with chronic stress is a double whammy that contributes to a risk of heart disease. Some say stress also contributes to their RA flares. Here’s what to know about stress and how to get a handle on it.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

How Do People With RA Work A Full-time Job?

'I sometimes can't help but feel like: What is wrong with me? Is it just me? Does anybody else feel this way? What kind of jobs do people with RA have?'

By Ask HealthCentral

That RA Body is Rockin'

Having a positive body image with RA is tricky when you don't feel great about the way your joints look and feel. But it is possible to love your body. You just need to embrace a different view of what you see in the mirror.

By Cathy Kramer

Find the Right Job for Your RA

If you’re hunting for a job with RA, you’ll need to adjust your search criteria. But take heart, the right fit is out there.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

A Mail-in RA Test is on the Market: Does It Work?

There’s a blood test for rheumatoid arthritis that you can take in the comfort of your own home, but is the diagnosis reliable? Here’s how it works and why you may still want to see your doctor.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Household Chore Hacks for RA

A day of decluttering can lead to pain and fatigue if you have RA. Use these tips to make household duties less likely to end in a flare.

By Cathy Kramer

The '10 Year Challenge' — RA Style

A decade with RA changes you physically and mentally. And it can alter the way you see your future. Emil shares his personal journey 10 years post-diagnosis.

By Emil DeAndreis

RA Isn’t Your Ticket Out of a Home-Improvement Job

That DIY project your partner has not-so-gently suggested you tackle? You can hack it, even with RA. Here’s how to do it without ending up with a monster flare.

By Emil DeAndreis

What to Know About RA’s Link to Osteoporosis

Having RA increases your risk of getting osteoporosis and suffering fractures from it. Here’s what you need to know.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Can This 'Pacemaker for the Brain" be a Cure for RA?

A device that gives small electrical stimulations to the brain could eliminate the need for RA medications in some people, but will it take the disease away entirely? A rheumatology expert weighs in on vagus nerve stimulation.

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

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 ...