Rheumatoid Arthritis Medical Reference
- Healthy Aging With Rheumatoid Arthritis
Here’s what to expect – and how to stay as healthy as possible – as you get older.
- Can Rheumatoid Arthritis Cause Brain Fog?
Some people with RA report that they have brain fog, or issues with thinking and memory skills. Learn more about the link between the two conditions.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis and Hearing Loss
Here’s what the research says about the links between RA and hearing loss.
- Fish Oil for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish oil and in certain foods, can help reduce joint pain and stiffness. But how do they work? And are they safe?
- Coffee and RA: What’s the Link?
Do you love coffee? If you have RA, see what experts say about whether or not you should cut back.
- Racial and Ethnic Disparities in RA
Minorities and people with lower income lag behind other groups in getting the best care for their rheumatoid arthritis.
- What Is Rheumatoid Cachexia?
RA can lead to a metabolic state called rheumatoid cachexia, or muscle wasting. Learn more about the symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment.
- Foot and Ankle Surgery for Rheumatoid Arthritis
This may be an option if other treatments fail to treat serious pain or changes in the shape of your joints. Learn more.
- Hand and Wrist Surgery for Rheumatoid Arthritis
If meds aren’t easing pain and swelling from RA in your hands or wrists, it’s time to see a hand surgeon. Learn how surgeries can help you.
- How Does Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Affect Your Shoulders?
Get to know the symptoms and treatments for rheumatoid arthritis in the shoulders.
- Stretches for RA Hip Pain
Learn eight simple stretches to increase flexibility and range of motion in your hip joint.
- How to Have Better Sex When You Have RA
Rheumatoid arthritis can make sex hard. Here, we look at ways to make it more enjoyable for everyone involved.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis and Diabetes: What's the Link?
If you have rheumatoid arthritis, you’re more likely to also develop diabetes. Find out why, and what you can do to stay healthy.
- Neuromodulation for Rheumatoid Arthritis
What is nerve stimulation for RA, and how does it work?
- Rheumatoid Arthritis and Stroke: What’s the Link?
Learn why rheumatoid arthritis can increase your stroke risk and how to protect your heart.
- Managing RA at Work
Learn how to deal with your limits on the job, and what your disability rights are.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis and Cholesterol: What to Know
RA tends to raise your risk of heart disease, while lowering your cholesterol. Find out why this “lipid paradox” matters.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis and Neuropathy
Tingling, pain, and weakness are signs of a common RA complication. Here’s what to know about how RA damages your nerves and how you can get relief.
- Spine Surgery for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Neck pain is a common symptom of rheumatoid arthritis. Certain types of spine surgery, known as cervical laminectomy or cervical spinal fusion, may help.
- Who Gets Rheumatoid Arthritis and Why?
Take a closer look at who’s likely to have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and why.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) in Elbows
Rheumatoid arthritis affects joints anywhere in the body, including your elbows. If you have pain and stiffness from elbow arthritis, find out how you can manage and treat it to limit joint damage.
- Is Hip Surgery Right for Your RA?
If you have moderate to severe RA and hip pain makes it hard to walk, hip surgery can change your life.
- Tips for Managing an RA Medication Change
It’s normal for your doctor to suggest trying a new treatment for RA. These moves can help make the process go smoothly.
- 12 RA Triggers to Know
The trick to treating flares is catching and treating them early. Here are some things that may trigger your RA.
- RA and Periodontal Disease: What's the Link?
Experts have found that bacteria called P. gingivalis link RA and periodontal disease. Learn more about how the conditions are related.
- Knee Surgery for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Sometimes, you need more than just medication to manage your RA. Here’s a look at some surgical treatments that can help with the pain.
- Gut Health and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
Can a healthy gut help your rheumatoid arthritis (RA)? What you should know about the gut microbiome, your diet, probiotics, and more.
- Tips to Make Injections Easier With RA
These pointers can help you give yourself a shot of RA medicine with greater ease and less ouch.
- Synovectomy for RA
Find out what synovectomy is, and when you might need this procedure to treat inflammatory arthritis.
- Can Orthotics Help With RA?
Orthotics are custom shoe inserts designed to ease foot pain caused by conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.
- How to Boost Your Heart Health When You Have RA
What gets in the way of protecting your heart health with RA? Use these questions to find your trouble spots and brainstorm ways to overcome them.
- How to Work With Your Doctor to Switch a Biologic
Sometimes, your biologic drug seems to stop working to control your rheumatoid arthritis. Find out why biologics may stop working after a while and how your rheumatologist can try other options to get your RA under control.
- Your Daily Emotional Check-In for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis affects your emotional as well as your physical health. Use these tips every day to guide your emotional self-care.
- How to Break a Bad Habit
Learn how to make -- and keep -- lifestyle changes with these handy tips.
- Why Should I Track My Symptoms?
It’s the key to getting the care you need. Here are a few tips.
- How Do RA Drugs Prevent Further Joint Damage?
RA causes inflammation that can damage your joints. RA drugs can lower inflammation and pain. Find out which RA drugs also prevent joint damage from getting worse or even repair it.
- An RA-Friendly Grocery List
Your diet won’t cure RA, but you can eat foods that help fight inflammation and promote good overall health. Stock your kitchen with foods from this list.
- Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Treat to Target
Learn more about this treatment approach and what to ask your doctor.
- What Is Treat to Target When You Have RA?
Treat to target is a strategy to treat rheumatoid arthritis. You track your progress toward low disease activity targets with monthly tests and make changes as needed. Find out how T2T can help you get to remission.
- What to Know About Swan Neck Deformity
Find out what you need to know about swan neck deformity, and how it may affect health.
- What to Know About Boutonniere Deformity
Find out what you need to know about boutonniere deformity. Learn about its causes, symptoms, and treatments, including splinting.
- How RA Doctor Visits Might Change
- Combination Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis
What happens when one drug isn't enough to keep RA under control?
- Range of Motion Exercises for Rheumatoid Arthritis
- How the Changing Seasons Affect Your RA
Studies suggest that fall may be the seasonal sweet spot for RA, while winter and spring are the toughest. Here's how to get year-round relief.
- How to Beat Morning Pain From Rheumatoid Arthritis
Ever notice your joints feel achy and stiff in the morning? Find out why and what you can do to loosen up and get moving to help your rheumatoid arthritis.
- Biologics and JAK Inhibitors: What’s the Difference?
Biologics and JAK inhibitors both treat the same issues. But there are important differences between the two. See how each works in its own way.
- Living With Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms
There’s a lot you can do to ease and manage your rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. Find out how.