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Rheumatoid Arthritis

11 Frequently Asked Questions about RA

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Woman with swollen ankles.
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What are the symptoms of RA?


Lab tech examining a blood vial.
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Can you have RA if your blood tests are negative?


Various types of medications.
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Do you have to take medication?


Woman reading about medication side effects.
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Do the meds have a lot of side effects?


Doctor holding a piggy bank.
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The financial aspect of RA


Woman doing yoga.
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Will the RA ever go away?


Woman discussing joint pain with her doctor.
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Dealing with pain


Middle age woman with osteoarthritis being seen by her doctor.
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RA vs. OA


Physical therapist helping an RA patient.
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Staying active with RA


Woman taking a vitamin D supplement.
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What can you do about RA fatigue?


Woman talking to a mental health counselor
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Depression and RA


Lene  Andersen, MSW

Lene Andersen, MSW

@TheSeatedView

Lene Andersen is an author, health and disability advocate, and photographer living in Toronto. Lene (pronounced Lena) has lived with rheumatoid arthritis since she was four years old and uses her experience to help others with chronic illness. She has written several books, including Your Life with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Tools for Managing Treatment, Side Effects and Pain, and 7 Facets: A Meditation on Pain, as well as the award-winning blog, The Seated View.

Lene serves on HealthCentral's Health Advocates Advisory Board, and is a Social Ambassador for the RAHealthCentral on Facebook page, facebook.com/rahealthcentral. She is also one of HealthCentral's Live Bold, Live Now heroes — watch her incredible journey of living with RA.