Yes, you can! Being active is one of the best things you can do for yourself, even if you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA). You just have to know how to work within your limits. Your doctor or a physical therapist can help you with that.
When you make fitness a regular part of your life, the benefits include:
Less pain from rheumatoid arthritis.
Stronger bones. This is important because RA can thin your bones, especially if you take steroids.
You’ll move better and have more energy.
If your doctor thinks you have this condition, she may take a biopsy (a small tissue sample) of an affected area to see if the blood vessels in the area are inflamed. For instance, your biopsy might come from an area of your skin that has a suspicious rash.
In some cases, your doctor may recommend doing a kidney or lung biopsy.
If you have this disease, you will need to take drugs that target your immune system. The goal is to limit or prevent damage to healthy tissues.