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."


Rheumatology in Russia

Rheumatology Professional Shares What Treatment and Lifestyle are Like for People With RA 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

Embrace a New You With RA One Month at a Time

Have you been putting off trying a new treatment or starting an RA-friendly diet? By trying one of these 12 changes each month, you’ll improve your life with RA in just one year.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Acupuncture Can Ease Your RA Burden

Could this traditional Chinese medicine practice help your modern-day RA? Here are some reasons to try it.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Add a Mental Health Professional to Your Care Team

Coping with a chronic illness, like RA, can take an emotional toll. You don’t have to go it alone. Here’s how a mental health professional can help.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

What Others Don’t See of Your RA

You may be missing more days of work or backing out of social outings and those around you can’t understand why. Here are some reasons why RA can be an ‘invisible’ illness.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

What are DMARDs and How Do They Help RA?

These drugs aim to slow down RA, and in ideal cases, they bring about remission.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Managing RA and a Social Life at The Same Time

Not the easiest feat — especially when your friends may not truly understand what kind of prep work it takes for you to get out of the house, or what kind of pain you might have after pushing yourself to go out. Here are five small ways to manage both, without breaking yourself, or friendships.

By Efstathia Koliopoulos

Carla Kienast Would Like to 'Divorce' RA: Instead She's Living Her Best Life With it

Her 20 RA-related surgeries have kept Carla Kienast out of a wheelchair and firmly present in her busy life as a blogger, travel enthusiast, and inspiration to others. And she has a sense of humor about it all, too.

By Stephanie Stephens

What's for Dinner? Spaghetti Squash Pesto Bake

This soul-warming casserole is just what you need on a cold night. Bonus: It replaces regular spaghetti, which may trigger inflammation, with antioxident-rich spaghetti squash, so it's RA-friendly!

By Emil DeAndreis

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 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 ...