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Rheumatoid Arthritis Flare Triggers

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Man on the couch has joint pain from a rheumatoid arthritis flare.
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What an intense rheumatoid arthritis flare feels like.
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What is a flare?


Warning sign for an RA trigger.
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What is a trigger?


Stressed man triggering an RA flare.
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Stress


Man talking to his surgeon before surgery.
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Trauma


Woman kissing her newborn baby.
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Pregnancy


Woman experiencing RA flares caused by her cold.
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Infection


Selection of foods.
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Food


Man playing with his son could trigger a rheumatoid arthritis flare.
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Activity


Woman doing water aerobics to ease her symptoms of RA.
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Exercise


Barometric pressure affects those with RA.
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Weather


Woman cuddling a teddy bear for comfort.
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Coping with a flare


Woman discussing her rheumatoid arthritis flares with her doctor.
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When to contact your doctor


Man talking to his doctor about treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.
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The best way to control flares


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.