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Why RA Can Cause Hearing Loss and How Best to Handle It

Studies show people with rheumatoid arthritis are more likely to have hearing loss. If you think you might be affected by this symptom, here are tips for how to seek diagnosis, treatment, and lifestyle changes to optimize your hearing.

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

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

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

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

10 Differences Between Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

The causes, age range, and joint pain that sets these two conditions apart — and the medications you should be taking according to which condition you actually have.

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

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.

Is it RA?

All signs point to yes — but, hold on, that doesn’t mean you absolutely have RA. After all, you can test positive for the RA factor but still not have the condition. You have to look at the full picture.

By Stephanie Stephens

Not a Dry Eye in The House — Unless You Have RA

Believe it or not, RA issues can show up in your eyes, too. So if you’re experiencing dry eyes, blurred vision, or severe eye pain, it could be the usual culprit — your RA.

By Stephanie Stephens

Little-Known RA Complications and How to Manage Them

With RA, you typically think of the joint pain and stiffness, but what about RA “lung” (ILD), heart disease, osteoporosis, and eye disease? Know how to protect yourself — and ultimately, your health.

By Stephanie Stephens