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.


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

Nails and Makeup With RA: Here's How

A beauty blogger and a nail artist with RA shares tips for making the most of your face and nails.

By Pamela Kaufman

HealthCentral Tries It: Pilates With Rheumatoid Arthritis

When you combine the balancing aspect of yoga (but even more gentle) with the core focus of Pilates — and you throw in the bonus of relaxation — you have yourself a pretty beneficial workout for RA.

By Emil DeAndreis