Rheumatoid Arthritis

All about rheumatoid arthritis (RA), including symptoms, traditional and complementary treatments, management, lifestyle tips 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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Why You Need to Protect Your Kidneys

People with rheumatoid arthritis have a higher risk of developing kidney disease. Here are the symptoms to watch for and what you can do about them.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Before You Take CBD Oil for RA, Here’s What You Need to Know

CBD oil, created from the cannabis plant, is an increasingly popular alternative treatment for those in the chronic pain community. But before you “dig in,” you should probably know whether it’s legal — and safe.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

30 Days of CBD Oil for Pain

Our resident “tries it” guy, Emil DeAndreis, took CBD oil for 30-days to see if it would help his RA pain. Sure, he was hesitant, but after 38-days of using CBD oil he was able to ween back on his RA meds.

By Emil DeAndreis

When You're Ready to Return to Your Full-Time Job

Sometimes you have to take some time off from your full-time job when RA becomes a full-time job in itself. When you're ready to go back, it can be daunting — but don’t worry, we're there for you.

By Cathy Kramer

How Essential Oils Can Help Your RA

Aside from the fact that they smell delightful, using essential oils can actually help with RA symptoms like sleeplessness, muscle tightness, and headache.

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

Are You Your Own Barrier to Proper RA Treatment?

A new treatment style called treat-to-target takes measures to tailor your treatment to your symptoms, and change it as often as needed until it works. But if you’re not speaking up at the doctor, they won’t know what, or how, to treat 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

Hawaiian Sriracha Fried Rice: Gluten-free and Inflammatory Fighting

This delicious dish omits ingredients like gluten and processed sugars, which are suspected to aggravate inflammatory issues. It also has known anti-inflammatories such as ginger and garlic, and it satisfies your sweet and salty cravings. So that’s like a win-win-win-win?

By Emil DeAndreis

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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

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 ...