Rheumatoid ArthritisLiving With

8 Facts About Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia

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Mitchell Hollander

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Doğukan Şahin

Both cause fatigue

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The pain of RA feels different than FM

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Rex Pickar

The coping mechanisms are different

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Markus Spiske

RA and FM have a connection

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Both can be difficult to diagnose

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Both are misunderstood

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There are three FDA-approved drugs for FM

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Aziz Acharki

The prognosis for people with RA has changed

Lene  Andersen, MSW

Lene Andersen, MSW


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, She is also one of HealthCentral's Live Bold, Live Now heroes — watch her incredible journey of living with RA.