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Manage Your Next RA Flare With These 10 Tips

Did you know that staying in bed for an RA flare isn’t always best? Experts recommend alternating periods of rest with movement to keep joints from getting stiff. These 10 tips can help you during your next RA flare.

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

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

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.

Do You Have Seronegative Rheumatoid Arthritis?

If you're having trouble getting diagnosed with RA, your symptoms are coming and going or overlapping with other conditions, or even if your blood tests don't show RA at all — you could have seronegative RA. So, what does that mean exactly, and what can you do about it?

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

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