A Cheat Sheet for Coping with Rheumatoid Arthritis Flares

It may seem as if flares are the most difficult tests of all to endure. Every time I experience a flare, I think that I know what to expect but regardless of experience, it seems that every flare is different. Yet, in some ways, they are all the same. In the moments where I feel…

Arthritis Tip: Stay Active to Ease Arthritis Pain

Staying active is one of the most important things you can do to ease arthritis pain. In fact, research has shown that exercise, physical therapy and lifestyle changes can help to keep people with arthritis active, reduce pain, and slow the progress of arthritis.  A recent study found that 90% of osteoarthritis patients were not…

How does chronic illness define you?

  The first piece of advice you can from people when you are newly diagnosed is to not let the disease define you. While there is good intention behind that, chronic illness is going to define because it changes you and your very way of living. You have to find ways to live with chronic…

Do you know about the possible complications of Rheumatoid Arthritis?

As you may already know, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is both a disfiguring and debilitating disease.  Joint pain, stiffness, inflammation and damage can make it difficult to perform daily tasks.  Most RA patients find themselves worn out by daily activity and eventually some are unable to continue doing them.  We have been fortunate, however, that new…

Can rheumatoid arthritis affect your lungs?

Despite misconceptions, rheumatoid arthritis doesn’t just affect joints. It can also damage the tissue around the joints, as well as the eyes, heart and lungs. Realistically, they should call it rheumatoid disease because it can damage the whole body. Additionally, lung complications of RA can be quite serious and contribute to about 20 percent of…