Rheumatoid Arthritis

All about rheumatoid arthritis (RA), including symptoms, traditional and complementary treatments, management, lifestyle tips like recipes for inflammation, and inspirational stories of living with RA.

Living with RA: Turning Points

"I'm healthier today than I was before I was diagnosed with RA."

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Carla Kienast Would Like to 'Divorce' RA: Instead She's Living Her Best Life With it

Her 20 RA-related surgeries have kept Carla Kienast out of a wheelchair and firmly present in her busy life as a blogger, travel enthusiast, and inspiration to others. And she has a sense of humor about it all, too.

By Stephanie Stephens

What's for Dinner? Spaghetti Squash Pesto Bake

This soul-warming casserole is just what you need on a cold night. Bonus: It replaces regular spaghetti, which may trigger inflammation, with antioxident-rich spaghetti squash, so it's RA-friendly!

By Emil DeAndreis

When Cold Weather Hits, Help Your RA First

If you live in a cold climate, preparing for winter might mean purchasing a pair of warm boots, salt for the driveway, and snow tires. But if you have RA, you'll want to know these tips to prevent flares and care for your body when the temperature drops.

By Cathy Kramer

Meal Prep in a Snap With RA

Smart meal prep can make a hectic week of cooking easier, but what if you have RA? These tips will take stress — and joint pain — off the menu.

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

Remission With RA: Is it Possible?

A rheumatology expert describes what remission really means for a person living with RA and how likely it is to achieve it.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Living With RA? These Food Swaps Might Make You Feel Better

Ever fell like your RA symptoms get worse after eating certain foods? You might be right. Some of the things we eat can make inflammation worse, while others don't. Find out which foods to try and which foods might be worth nixing from your diet.

By Carmen Roberts, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.

What You Should Know About a New RA Blood Test

The Vectra DA test is designed to measure how effective your meds are. Here’s how it works.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Your Rheumatoid Arthritis Reading List

Figuring out how to live well with rheumatoid arthritis can feel isolating. These 12 authors have been in your shoes and their books are incredibly helpful.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

RA Recipe Rescue

Hunting for RA-friendly fare? These healthy-but-tasty recipes just might be your new go-tos.

By Carmen Roberts, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.

Expanding Your Resource Toolkit for RA

You can't go it alone, so it helps to have a team of health experts from doctors to physical therapists helping to keep you afloat with rheumatoid arthritis.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Featured Collections

Living Well with RA

When your body's in pain, how do you move forward? Find expert advice and use the collective wisdom of fellow RA patients and caregivers to live with greater ease at home, work, and beyond.

Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Can you guess which world record this mom with RA broke? Find even more stories of men and women staying active with rheumatoid arthritis, from the dance studio to the shores of the Great Lakes.

Meet the Experts

Lene Andersen, MSW

Patient Expert

Lene Andersen is an author, health and disability advocate, and photographer. She lives with rheumatoid arthritis.

Cathy Kramer

Patient Expert

Cathy Kramer shares her life experiences as they relate to rheumatoid arthritis.

Emil DeAndreis

Patient Expert

Emil DeAndreis is an English professor and baseball coach who chronicles his journey of losing a professional baseball career to RA.

Lene Andersen, MSW

Patient Expert

Lene Andersen is an author, health and disability advocate, and photographer. She lives with rheumatoid arthritis.

Health News

Genetics Combine with Environmental Factors in RA

Previous studies have shown that people with a particular version of the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) gene are at increased risk for developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and that environmental factors, such as cigarette smoking and air pollution, ca...

Study Links RA to Bacteria in Milk and Beef

Bacteria commonly found in milk and beef, Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP) may trigger rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in people with a genetic predisposition to the disease, according to a study from the University of Central Florida ...

The Menopause Effect on Rheumatoid Arthritis

Post-menopausal women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) experience faster physical decline than pre-menopausal women with the disease, according to a study involving more than 8,000 women and published in Rheumatology. Symptoms of RA, including painful ...