13 Rheumatoid Arthritis Life Hacks Written by Healthline Editorial Team

Living with RA can present its share of difficulty. But with a little bit of innovation and determination, you’ll find new ways to get things done. Make everyday tasks and pain management easier with these 13 clever life hacks from the Healthline RA community. 1. Carry a little pair of scissors to open packs of…

What You Need to Know About the Rheumatoid Factor

The rheumatoid factor (RF) test can help evaluate your RA diagnosis and prognosis. Rheumatoid factor (RF) is the antibody responsible for the body attacking its own tissues in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In most cases, high levels of rheumatoid factor (20 IU/mL or above) occur in patients who have rheumatoid arthritis and/or Sjögren’s syndrome….

Taking Control of Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms – Guest Post

What would life be like if you couldn’t easily pick up your toothbrush, or make a cup of coffee, or wash your dishes? What would life be like if these basic actions caused you unimaginable pain and discomfort, sometimes so bad that it was debilitating? Unfortunately, 1.5 million Americans can answer this question. If you…

Remission Through Early and Aggressive RA Treatment

People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can suffer permanent joint damage as early as into the first six months of the disease.  As a result, many rheumatologists believe early and aggressive treatment is the best approach to managing rheumatoid arthritis.   Many also prescribe to a theory that today’s newer RA medications along with older ones can…

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Diet: Things You Can Do – Guest Post

It’s probably not the news you wanted to hear, but despite countless studies by a number of different researchers testing a number of different methods, there has yet to be any conclusive data that suggests certain foods can help with your rheumatoid arthritis. That said, there’s still plenty that you can do to help quell…

Guest Post: Applying for Social Security Disability with Rheumatoid Arthritis

If you have rheumatoid arthritis which has progressed to the stage that it severely affects your daily abilities, including your ability to complete typical duties required to maintain gainful employment, then you may be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has two disability programs for which you may be…

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Helpful Tips to Relieve the Pain (Guest Post)

  Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disease that is characterized by inflammation of the joints that causes pain, stiffness, swelling and decreased function that may interfere with the ability to perform everyday activities. Because RA is a chronic condition, treatment often incorporates various pain management techniques. Flare-Ups Some RA patients are prone to…

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…