Rheumatoid ArthritisStress

Is Stress Making Your RA Flare?

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Eterrnal Happiness

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Don't Blame Yourself for Your RA

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Bibarys Ibatolla

Stress Does Cause RA Flares

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Inzmam Khan

Stress Is Stress Is Stress

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The Consequences of Stress Go Beyond RA

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Just Admit It

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Give Meditation a Chance

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Make Your Move

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Prioritize Sleep

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Call in the Pros

  • Stress and joint symptoms: European Journal of Rheumatology. (2017). “Rheumatoid Arthritis: Are psychological factors effective in disease flare?”

  • The PTSD and RA connection: Arthritis Care & Research. (2015). “Post‐Traumatic Stress Disorder and Risk for Incident Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

  • RA and increased risk of cardiovascular disease: Arthritis Care & Research. (2015). “Differential Association of Psychosocial Comorbidities with Subclinical Atherosclerosis in Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

  • Talking stress with your doctor: Journal of the National Medical Association. (2003). “Health care providers' training, perceptions, and practices regarding stress and health outcomes.”

  • Meditation for stress reduction: Arthritis and Rheumatism. (2007). Effect of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in rheumatoid arthritis patients.

  • The importance of sleep: Journal of Clinical Medicine. “Sleep Quality in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Associations with Pain, Disability, Disease Duration, and Activity.”

Carin Gorrell

Carin Gorrell


Carin Gorrell is a longtime dedicated health and wellness editor and writer. She is the former Editor in Chief of Yoga Journal, and has worked at numerous award-winning magazines including Self, Redbook, and Psychology Today. She contributes to several sites including Spartan, SheKnows, and Dr.WhitneyBow, and YogaJournal.