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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

What It’s Like to Live With RA — In Germany

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live with RA in another country? Do they have better treatments? And what about health insurance? We talk to an artist who lives in Germany about whether life with RA is better — or worse — across the world.

By Emil DeAndreis

Go Ahead, Get the Massage — You Deserve it, and It’ll Help Your RA

Contrary to popular belief and concerns, massage isn’t likely going to make your RA pain worse — it’s actually known to decrease pain, as well as improve grip strength, range of motion, and general joint function. Plus, there’s that whole stress-relief and relaxation benefit.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

A Tropical, RA-Friendly Breakfast in a Bowl

Got a handful of frozen berries and some spinach that’s about to go bad? Then you’ve got breakfast! Try this rheumatoid-arthritis friendly, anti-inflammatory breakfast bowl that’s packed with protein and fresh produce.

By Emil DeAndreis

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

30 Days of CBD Oil for Pain

Our resident “tries it” guy, Emil DeAndreis, took CBD oil for 30-days to see if it would help his RA pain. Sure, he was hesitant, but after 38-days of using CBD oil he was able to wean back on his RA meds.

By Emil DeAndreis

How Essential Oils Can Help Your RA

Aside from the fact that they smell delightful, using essential oils can actually help with RA symptoms like sleeplessness, muscle tightness, and headache.

By Marianna Paulson, B.Ed., B.P.E.-O.R.

Are You Your Own Barrier to Proper RA Treatment?

A new treatment style called treat-to-target takes measures to tailor your treatment to your symptoms, and change it as often as needed until it works. But if you’re not speaking up at the doctor, they won’t know what, or how, to treat you.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Do You Have a Pain Specialist in Addition to Your Rheumatologist?

In case you didn't already know, RA is a complex condition that can benefit from a team approach. Meaning, you need a rheumatologist to treat your RA, and a pain specialist to treat your pain. Here's why.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Relief Has Arrived for Your Stiff and Sore Hands

Pain and swelling in your hands can be par for the course when it comes to living with RA. But simple at-home remedies like soaking your hands, or using a roller ball massager, can make all the difference.

By Marianna Paulson, B.Ed., B.P.E.-O.R.