How to Navigate the U.S. Healthcare System When You Live with a Chronic Condition

  Dealing with the U.S. healthcare system when you have a chronic condition can feel impossible, but it’s easier when you know what to expect. The United States healthcare system can be frustrating, exhausting, and full of dead ends and rabbit holes. Having a chronic condition can make it even harder. Plus, the COVID-19 pandemic […]

What to Expect at Your First Rheumatology Appointment

If you are living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), you will likely find yourself visiting a rheumatologist at some point in your journey. A rheumatologist is a physician who specializes in treating arthritis. They’re also experts in treating other rheumatic conditions, such as lupus, gout, and ankylosing spondylitis. They also treat osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. If you […]

Managing Big Emotions with a New Diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis patient and family nurse practitioner Stefanie Remson shares how she’s managed the feelings of depression, anxiety, loneliness, and inadequacy that came with her diagnosis. Emotions make life fun. Emotions can be big and very powerful. Emotions are what have helped humans survive, and even have an advantage over other species. Emotions are what […]

Stefanie Remson: Rheumatoid Arthritis Made Me the Amazing Person I Am Today

“Having RA has given me an opportunity to be kinder to myself, love myself unconditionally, and to help so many more people in the RA community find this place of peace.” I’m Stefanie Remson — and I’m so many things to this world.  I am married. I am a mother to two young boys who have […]

7 Unusual Symptoms Linked to Rheumatoid Arthritis

If you’re living with RA, you know all too well what it’s like to have a body that doesn’t work the way it should. You’ve probably had to make changes in your daily routine just to accommodate your symptoms, which can include joint pain and stiffness, fatigue, muscle weakness, and difficulty moving. There are many […]

6 Achievable Objectives to Help You Better Handle Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a tough disease to manage, especially when it comes to physical limitations and energy deficits. The disease can take a toll on your body, causing fatigue, stiff and painful joints, and an overall feeling of being unwell. It’s common for people with rheumatoid arthritis to experience a decline in their occupational and […]

Achievable Goals That Can Help You Manage Rheumatoid Arthritis

Life has its way of throwing curveballs, doesn’t it? Just when you’re feeling like you’ve got everything under control—you know, getting your finances in order, maybe even starting to think about retirement—life comes along and knocks you off your feet. One thing that can make this kind of life-changing experience especially difficult to handle is […]

Living Successfully with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a debilitating disease that can affect anyone at any stage of life. It can develop slowly, over a period of years, or it can strike suddenly. Regardless of the form it takes, the disease destroys the normal functioning of the body’s joints, causing severe pain and limiting everyday activities. The Arthritis Research […]

Survival Tips for Managing a Rheumatoid arthritis Flare-Up

What do you do when your joints are on fire? It’s a question that anyone with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has probably asked themselves at some point. RA is an autoimmune disease that attacks healthy tissue in the body, including the joints—and it can be a real struggle for those who suffer from it. RA starts […]

6 Core Exercises to Relieve Back and Hip Arthritis Pain

If you have back or hip arthritis, then you know how painful it can be. The pain is severe, and uncomfortable, and can make even the most basic of activities a struggle. But here’s the good news: there are core exercises that can help relieve your pain. In fact, one study found that just three […]