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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

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

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

Don’t Get Stuck in Your RA Treatment — There Are Other Options

If your current RA treatment isn’t working for you, maybe it’s time to consider one of these other options, like NSAIDs, biologics, steroids, or a tailored treatment plan.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

If You're a Woman With RA, You're Susceptible to Other Conditions

It's not enough that you live with RA — if you are a woman with RA it opens up your immune system to other chronic conditions. But, unlike with RA, there are things you can do to prevent these comorbidities.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Let’s Talk About Sex — And The Lack Thereof on RA Meds

Your RA medications can cause a loss of libido, and even affect your menstrual cycle and cause dryness. There is a very good chance that by modifying your treatment, you’ll be able to live your life to the fullest, including having a healthy sex life.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Can Antibiotics Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis?

For a small group of people living with RA, who have low disease activity, antibiotics may do the trick for treatment.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

“Fatty Liver” Possible Side Effect of Methotrexate

If you are taking methotrexate and battling extra weight, you could be at risk of developing a fatty liver, which can lead to fibrosis and cirrhosis of the liver.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

The Consequences of Taking Antibiotics and Methotrexate at The Same Time

It is very important to avoid taking antibiotics and methotrexate at the same time for these two reasons.

By Lisa Emrich

When Methrotrexate Makes You Sick(er)

One patient weighs the pros and cons of the side effects from methotrexate, including alopecia, nausea, and dizziness. Find out whether she decided that the side effects were worth the benefits that methotrexate provided — or not.

By Holly Johnson