Basics & Treatment

Overview

  • What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

    About 1.3 million people in the U.S. have the condition; about two-thirds of them are women.

  • Causes & Risk Factors

    Although doctors aren’t quite sure what causes RA, they do have some ideas. Find out which risk factors you can and can’t control.

  • Symptoms

    You know that joint pain, morning stiffness, fatigue and weakness are common among people with RA; however, these symptoms can vary depending on the stage of your condition.

  • Diagnosis

    Diagnosing RA can be challenging. Symptoms often mimic those of other conditions, and there’s no definitive test or examination. Here’s how your healthcare provider may put the pieces together.

Treatment

  • Turn RA Infusions into “Me Time!”

    Make time fly during your RA infusion with these creative ideas from folks just like you.  

  • Answers to Common Questions About RA Infusions

    How do RA infusions work? How can I prepare? Robin Gawlik, BS, RN, of the Rheumatology Nurses Society, answers these questions and more.

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment Options

    Could you benefit from physical therapy or surgery?

  • Your Infusion Checklist

    Use this handy checklist to better prepare for your rheumatoid arthritis (RA) infusion.

  • Expert Advice: Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Get expert answers to some of the top questions about rheumatoid arthritis.

Newly Diagnosed

  • RA Lab Tests—Decoded

    Get the facts about some common lab tests for rheumatoid arthritis—and what they may mean for you.

  • The ABCs of Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Making the right medical and lifestyle choices now can limit joint pain and damage in the future.

  • What You Should Know About Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Just diagnosed? This expert plan can help take you from “Now what?” to “I’m on top of it!”

  • 7 Ways to Handle Your New Diagnosis

    Being diagnosed with RA can send your emotions spinning out of control. Here’s how to stay calm and take hold of your condition.

  • Tips to Remember Your RA Meds

    Remembering to take your medications can be difficult, but it’s important not to miss a dose. Here's how to stay on top of your RA meds.

Understanding the Complications

  • Cold Fingers and Toes?

    You could have Raynaud’s! Here’s how to get relief.

  • How to Fight RA Fatigue

    You can get your oomph back by experimenting with a few simple energy-boosters. Try these tips to start feeling like yourself in no time.

  • 6 Sleep Secrets for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Is RA preventing you from getting a good night’s rest? Try one of these real-life tips to help you sleep better.

  • Fight Infection With These Immune-Boosting Secrets

    For those with RA, getting sick may be a cause for concern. Here’s how you can boost your immune system to help fend off illness.

  • Outsmart Back Pain When You Have Rheumatoid Arthritis

    RA can sometimes contribute to back pain—and so can other things. Find out what they are and how to nip pain in the bud!