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What to Expect When You Self-Inject RA Medication

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Woman injecting medication into stomach skin.
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Vials of medicine.
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What RA medications are self-injected?


Figure pushing medicine cart, pills concept.
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From pharmacy to home


Woman circling date on calendar.
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How often do I have to self-inject?


Bottles of medicine in the fridge.
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How do I store the medication?


Doctor instructing female patient.
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How do I learn to inject myself?


Woman self-injection in stomach.
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How do I self-inject if I’m afraid of needles?


Medicine in cabinet.
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How do I prepare the medication?


Crossroads concept.
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Where do I inject the medication?


Man scrunching face.
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What does it feel like to self-inject?


Sharps container.
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What do I do with the syringes or pens?


Woman feeling happy, arms raised outside.
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What happens after I inject the medication?


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What if I have questions?


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.