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.

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Can This 'Pacemaker for the Brain" be a Cure for RA?

A device that gives small electrical stimulations to the brain could eliminate the need for RA medications in some people, but will it take the disease away entirely? A rheumatology expert weighs in on vagus nerve stimulation.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

It's Your Rheumatoid Arthritis, Not Your Doctor's

You are the expert on how you feel. Help your doctor find the best treatment options for your RA by speaking up for yourself in the exam room.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

A Good Doctor is Hard to Find

Finding a good rheumatologist is like dating: You may have to try a few before finding 'the one.'

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Is Pain a Requirement for Getting RA Support?

Do you feel sheepish about sharing your happy moments with your peers in the RA community? Our RA stories may be different, but we share one thing in common: We all need support.

By Cathy Kramer

How to Be Your Own Best Advocate With RA

It takes practice but knowing how to advocate for yourself will help you feel confident and safe in the treatments you receive.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

RA Workout Tips That Won’t Start a Flare

You know you should exercise to help your RA, but how do you start a program without killing your joints? It’s possible. Here’s how.

By Cathy Kramer

Good Morning, Stiff Joints! Let’s Have a Better Day

A good night’s sleep is great for your RA, but that long period of inactivity can mean waking with stiff, sluggish-to-move joints. Try these tricks for easing morning stiffness, giving you a jump start to your day.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Music Can Make Life With RA Sound Better

Turning on music you love can provide an inspiring soundtrack for exercise, self-expression, and an all-around richer life with rheumatoid arthritis.

By Emil DeAndreis

Should You Lay Off the Cheese and Yogurt — Or Load Up?

Conflicting research says that for some inflammatory conditions, dairy is harmful, while for others, it’s actually helpful. Find out if your condition is one that should be loading up on cheese, or ridding dairy altogether.

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

How to Get a Great RA Care Team

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

By Lene Andersen, MSW