An arthritis diagnosis can be overwhelming. Learning about your arthritis, getting started on new medications and making lifestyle changes may seem to upend your life overnight. Some aspects of life may change, but there are plenty of steps you can take to manage your disease, regain control and get back to doing things that you love. These tips can help you get started.
A new diagnosis can raise a lot of questions about the future, but there are things you can do to combat the uncertainty and loss of control.Learn More
On top of managing your disease, knowing who to tell and how much about your new diagnosis can be challenging. These tips can help.Learn More
An effective treatment plan starts with a productive relationship with your health care provider. These tips can help you establish trust between you and your doctor for the best care possible.Learn More
While medical care is key, you play a big role in controlling your arthritis and staying as healthy as possible. These self-management tips can help you successfully manage your disease.Learn More
Newly Diagnosed Booklet
Part of managing arthritis is educating yourself as much as possible about the various treatments, lifestyle practices and medications that can help you stay healthy. This booklet is a good start.Learn More
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Words Of Wisdom
Patients Like You
A new diagnosis can feel lonely, but there are people who understand what you are going through, like Julie Eller, who was diagnosed with arthritis in childhood. In this video, Julie shares tips for taking control of your diagnosis and working with your healthcare team to get the best care possible. Like so many others, her story and experiences are proof – arthritis does not have to limit or define you.
Virtual Connect Groups
There are others in your local community who understand. Connect virtually to make new friends, share tips and get answers and support.Learn More
Live Yes! Online Community
Chat about what matters most to you. Offer support, get encouragement and share experiences and advice. The Arthritis Foundation’s Online Community is here for you 24/7.Learn More
Contact Our Helpline
Staffed by licensed, clinical social workers, our Helpline helps thousands of people like you. Whatever you need, we are here for you.Learn More
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