Gardening in the Autumn with RA

Autumn is here and if you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the cooler weather may bring temporary relief before the harsh winter. Gardening in the Autumn can keep your joints healthy and your kitchen full. Gardening, in general, has health benefits for those diagnosed with RA and when you use the right tools and methods …

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Managing Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

To put it nicely, dealing with the pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis flare up can be tough. RA is an autoimmune disease that affects the lining of the joints. The result is painful swelling that can eventually lead to bone erosion and joint deformity. Smaller joints are affected at first, like the ones in your …

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Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis

I knew for months that something was wrong, but just could not bring myself to visit the doctor. Constant swelling and joint pain finally convinced me to seek help. Much to my surprise, I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). Living with this knowledge for the past few months, I learned vital information that has …

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Back to School with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Raising a family is a challenge in itself. When you throw Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) into the mix, things can get a little dicey. Rheumatoid arthritis affects more than 2 million Americans, with the majority of them being women. RA occurs when your body’s immune system targets the healthy tissues of your joint linings. RA commonly …

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Smoking and RA; What you need to know

Joint pain and stiffness. Tender, swollen joints. Fatigue, and even bouts of fever and weight loss. Rheumatoid Arthritis(RA) is no walk in the park. This chronic inflammatory disorder is actually an autoimmune disease that can do a number on your body. Aside from your joints, you may notice changes in your skin, lungs, and even …

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Sleeping Better with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis(RA) is a chronic inflammatory disorder that wreaks havoc on the body’s immune system and joints. RA is marked by painful swelling in the joints, most commonly the hands and feet. Eventually, joint deformities can occur along with bone erosion. Many people with RA are battling constant pain or discomfort, which can lead to …

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