Rheumatoid Arthritis

12 Things That Can Make Rheumatoid Arthritis Worse

While you likely know your main RA triggers, you may be surprised by some of these other factors. We often discuss treatment options for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and keep an eye on what’s in the pipeline. We are focused on what can help manage RA symptoms and disease progression, as you would expect. But it is equally important to […]

6 Foods to Avoid When You Have Rheumatoid Arthritis

Certain foods can worsen rheumatoid arthritis inflammation which leads to joint pain. As part of your symptom management strategy, consider removing these foods from your menu. There is no cure-all diet for rheumatoid arthritis. But if you suffer from RA symptoms such as joint pain and inflammation, it’s smart to stick to a nutritious diet and avoid foods that may […]

8 Things About Rheumatoid Arthritis That Are Difficult to Explain or Understand

It takes some time for newly diagnosed RA patients to understand their disease. RA is complicated. It is even more of a challenge to get family and friends to understand. Most people have heard the term “arthritis.” Most think of it as an old person’s disease. They may have an elderly grandparent or other relatives […]

9 Ways to Find Relief From Chronic Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

Experiment with these strategies to find what works best for you. From fatigue to loss of appetite, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can impact your life in a number of ways, but the most limiting symptom for many people is pain. Because that pain comes in different forms, you may need more than one strategy to relieve it. “The […]

5 Things a Rheumatologist Wants You to Know About Rheumatoid Arthritis

Newly diagnosed with RA? A Cleveland Clinic rheumatologist explains some basics for you. If you’ve just been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), you probably have a lot of questions about the condition and what it may mean for your future health and quality of life. This inflammatory autoimmune disease affects many people: 1.5 million U.S. adults […]

5 Warning Signs That Rheumatoid Arthritis Is Getting Worse

Rheumatoid arthritis, also known as RA, is a joint disease characterized by inflammation and pain. The condition is also three times more likely to impact women, according to research published in the journal Rheumatology International. And one of the trickiest things about treating rheumatoid arthritis is that this autoimmune disease doesn’t progress the same in everyone who has it. Some […]

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Arthritis

Most people understand that arthritis has to do with swollen and painful joints. But beyond that, there are a lot of misconceptions about the condition. Television commercials would have you believe that only the elderly experience arthritis, and that a miracle pill can get them back out on the tennis court or playing on the […]

15 Things Doctors Don’t Always Tell You About Rheumatoid Arthritis (But You Really Should Know)

Rheumatologists and other doctors share some surprising facts and clinical observations they wish all their RA patients understood. When you finally get a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis, you may find yourself both relieved and anxious at the same time. You’re comforted by having a name for the constellation of symptoms and pain you’ve been dealing […]

8 Things I Didn’t Know About Rheumatoid Arthritis Until It Happened to Me

These insights may help you understand and manage your rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can come out of the blue or be diagnosed years after it’s first suspected. Either way, when you or a loved one is diagnosed, it can be confusing and overwhelming to realize how much there is to learn about the disease […]

14 Things You Should Try to Never Say to Someone with Rheumatoid Arthritis (and 3 You Totally Should)

RA patients might find these phrases offensive, judgmental, or dismissive. Here’s what you’re better off steering clear of saying. “You look really bloated.” I don’t need to dig up a scientific study from Harvard to prove that telling someone they look fat is offensive (at best) and hurtful (at worst). And yet, that’s exactly what […]

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