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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What You Need to Know Before Getting Vaccinated

When you have RA, you have approximately double the risk of infection compared to the general population because of your suppressed immune system. But before you get vaccinated to protect yourself, this is what you need to know.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Can the Flu Heighten My RA Symptoms?

When you get the flu or a bad cold, you feel awful any way. But when you have RA, everything can be heightened. How do you know whether a symptom is because of RA or the flu, and which do you treat?

By Ask HealthCentral

New Tool Compares Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs

How do you decide which rheumatoid arthritis medication is right for you? A new tool can help you and your doctor compare your options.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

8 RA Flare Triggers to Avoid

RA has a mind of its own — it can be horribly unpredictable. Identifying your triggers and getting ahead of them can keep a flare at bay — and keep you in the driver’s seat for your RA.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Stop Pretending That You’re “Fine”

We all do it — pretend that everything is OK when really, it isn’t. Whether you’re putting on a brave face to protect yourself, or to shield others from knowing what it’s like to live with a chronic condition, you’re not doing either of you any favors.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Medicare for RA: Where Do I Even Start?

Parts A, B, C, D, plus supplemental parts F, G, K… you lost me. How do I know which Medicare plans I’ll actually need for my RA, according to the meds and care I need? We break it all down and help you determine which plan is right for you.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Cooking With RA: Enlist Your Family's Help

When you have RA, hearing "What's for dinner?" can be a daunting question — but it doesn't have to be. Make cooking as a family an "all hands on deck" event.

By Cathy Kramer

3 Reason Why We're Not All in Remission Yet

People with RA should be doing better by now — we have more new treatments than ever with new targeted approaches to treating the condition. So why aren't we experiencing more remission and lower disease activity?

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Why You Need to Protect Your Kidneys

People with rheumatoid arthritis have a higher risk of developing kidney disease. Here are the symptoms to watch for and what you can do about them.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Before You Take CBD Oil for RA, Here’s What You Need to Know

CBD oil, created from the cannabis plant, is an increasingly popular alternative treatment for those in the chronic pain community. But before you “dig in,” you should probably know whether it’s legal — and safe.

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 ...