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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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 Make My RA Symptoms Worse?

When you have rheumatoid arthritis, getting a cold or the flu can add stress to your immune system and make your symptoms worse.

By Ask HealthCentral

There's an App for That — Including Your RA

Life with rheumatoid arthritis is all over the map. Try these tools and apps to track your symptoms, so you can report them to your doctor.

By Cathy Kramer

Can Rheumatoid Arthritis Cause Hearing Loss?

Studies show that people with rheumatoid arthritis are more likely to have hearing loss. Here's what you can do if you think you might be affected.

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

What It’s Like to Live With RA — In Germany

How is life with rheumatoid arthritis different around the world? We spoke to a woman in Germany to find out about her treatments, support system, and life with RA.

By Emil DeAndreis

Why a Massage Might Help Your RA

Some people with rheumatoid arthritis think a massage will make their condition worse, but a good massage can actually reduce pain and improve joint function.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

8 RA Flare Triggers You Should Avoid

Rheumatoid arthritis flares can happen at any time. Avoid these common triggers to take control of your RA and keep flares at bay.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

A Warming Side Dish That Won’t Mess With Your RA

When it comes to special-occasion food, there are dishes so good, and so easy to make, they quickly make their way into your regular recipe rotation — like this one!

By Emil DeAndreis

A Tropical, RA-Friendly Breakfast in a Bowl

Try this rheumatoid arthritis-friendly, anti-inflammatory breakfast bowl that’s packed with protein and fresh produce.

By Emil DeAndreis

Dinner With RA? Spaghetti Squash Pesto Bake

This soul-warming casserole replaces inflammation-triggering pasta with rheumatoid arthritis-friendly spaghetti squash.

By Emil DeAndreis

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 and Environmental Factors in RA

Reserachers find that genetics and environmental pollutants can work together to cause bone damage if you have RA. Learm more about the connection.

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 ...