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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 ween 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.

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

Yoga for RA: Yes, Way

If you thought yoga was out of the question, read this interview with a yoga instructor who has RA, and talks you through exactly how it can be done — and even help your stiff joints.

By Emil DeAndreis