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Busting Myths About RA Pain and Opioids

In order to squash the stigma on opioid use for chronic pain, you must first understand the myths that surround pain for those living with RA. Use this piece as an explainer for your friends and family who just don't get it.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

You May Think You Know About RA, But You Have No Idea

People assume so many things about living with RA, like that it’s “just a joint disease,” or that men can’t get it. These facts may help clear things up.

By Lisa Emrich

Don’t Judge Me For My Opioids

The opioid crisis has a much different meaning in the chronic pain community. Instead of abuse, they’re talking about dependence. This is the other side of opioids — when your life depends on it.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Juggling Mom Life, RA, and The Guilt That Comes With It

When your child, no matter the age, needs you and you can’t provide because your RA is holding you down, it is hard to not feel guilty. Pile on the fact that RA is hereditary, and you’re left shouldering a world of guilt. You’re not alone.

By Cathy Kramer

How People With Chronic Pain Feel About the Opioid Crisis

Recent discussions around opioids focus on addiction and overdoses. What’s missing from the discussion is the collective voice of 100 million Americans who live with chronic pain and frequently rely on the prescription forms of these drugs for pain relief. We asked the chronic pain community how they felt about the opioid crisis.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Do You Have Mild, Moderate, or Severe RA?

How different are the symptoms between mild, moderate, and severe RA - and how do you treat each type?

By Mark Borigini, M.D.

Tracking Your RA Symptoms

Making note of your symptoms can be a valuable way to cope with the pain and flares of RA. The first step is keeping a symptom diary.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Real People, Real RA

Does life with RA mean all dreams must be deferred? Not at all. Meet men and women who have adapted and overcome to keep up with the hobbies, sports, and pursuits they love.

By The HealthCentral Editorial Team

Celebrities With RA: They're Just Like Us

It's hard to believe that some of these celebrities live with RA. For some, you’d never know, and for others, they proudly share their lives with RA — some have even shared in interviews with HealthCentral.

By Eileen Bailey

Can You Imagine an RA-Free Future?

Most people with RA have to try several drugs before finding one that works for them. But what if you were diagnosed before any symptoms, and treatments were tailored to your very genetic makeup, environment, and lifestyle? That’s precision medicine.

By Lene Andersen, MSW