Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms & 5 Natural Treatment Steps

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation in the joints. Risk factors such as smoking, obesity, family history and exposure to environmental toxins can trigger the disease. (1) Rheumatoid arthritis natural treatments can help control painful rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms Joint pain – Swelling in and around the joints can…

10 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

I’m not just writing this article as an advocate for RA; I’m also a patient. I was diagnosed in 2004 after experiencing several years of diffuse symptoms and illnesses which doctors couldn’t seem to string together as being autoimmune-related. By not beginning treatment early on, my chances for any remission in my disease were significantly…

5 Signs It’s Time to Change Your RA Treatment

Treatment for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can be tricky — what’s worked for you in the past may not always keep your RA under control. In fact, it’s fairly common to need an occasional change in your treatment plan, whether it’s a switch within a drug class or a step up from non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to disease-modifying anti-rheumatic…

Dear Juvenile Arthritis Mamas

Dear Juvenile Arthritis Mamas, Thank you for welcoming me into your community, but can be honest? I don’t always feel like I fit in there.   I’ve had arthritis more of my life than not, but I have no idea how to be a mom and navigate this lonely journey. I’m thankful for your unbelievably, tireless efforts to figure…

You Don’t Have to Be ‘Old’ to Have Arthritis

Let’s get straight to the nitty gritty here. I’m not old. Well my kids would say I am, but contextually I’m not. I’m pushing 40, but was diagnosed with a rare type of rheumatoid arthritis at 14 years old. I’ve spent a lifetime on and off crutches, in and out of wheelchairs and hospitals. I’ve spent forever…

When People Say, ‘At Least It’s Just Rheumatoid Arthritis’

If you’re living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), I’m sure you’ve heard about Glenn Frey dying from “complications from rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis and pneumonia.” I’ve personally already had several people tell me they were unaware you could die from rheumatoid arthritis. It’s difficult for people to imagine in this day and age that we don’t have a cure, and if you…

A Day in the Life of Someone With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Contrary to what people think, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can occur in anyone at any age. As a 19-year-old living with this autoimmune disease, as well as fibromyalgia, I’ve nearly heard it all when I tell people I live with RA. Despite what some people may think, no cure for RA exists. While it can be managed with the…

7 Ways to Help Prevent Arthritis in Women

Arthritis pain and stiffness set in when the cartilage — the rubbery cushion in the joints that absorbs shock for the bones and allows them to glide smoothly when we move — wears away. When there isn’t enough cartilage left in the joint to protect the bones from damaging each other, we feel it. And…

Arthritis – Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Gout

Arthritis is defined as inflammation of the joints, and is characterized by pain and stiffness around one or more joints. The term arthritis may also be used broadly to describe a number of diseases associated with the breakdown of tissues surrounding the joints, as well as other connective tissues. Severe arthritis can impair limb function; cause…

5 Drug-Free Arthritis Remedies

Finding “home remedies” for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and other forms of arthritis is easy. Finding effective ones is a lot harder. Few have been rigorously studied, and even remedies that perform well in trials don’t work for everyone. Here are five low-risk therapies that science shows may reduce pain and inflammation. Ice Massage Simply rubbing an ice…