Rheumatoid Arthritis Patient Education & Resources
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory, autoimmune condition that affects not only joints but also organs, including eyes. While it can have painful and debilitating effects if left untreated, there are effective therapies to help control RA and its symptoms.
Understanding Rheumatoid Arthritis Flares
With rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system attacks its own body, causing pain and inflammation in joints as well as organs. Learn about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatments for this inflammatory, autoimmune condition.Learn More
Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment Guidelines
Read about the recommended therapies for RA, including various types of medications, how your doctor may approach your treatment, and what to discuss with your health care provider.Learn More
Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Rheumatoid Arthritis
Receiving a diagnosis of this complex disease may feel overwhelming. Start by asking your doctor the right questions to guide you, with help from this downloadable checklist.Learn More
News & Stories
New Barrier to Methotrexate for Arthritis Patients
The Roe V. Wade ruling by the Supreme Court is making it difficult for some arthritis patients to get this common arthritis medication. Learn why, and what you can do.Learn More
Rheumatoid Arthritis and Heart Disease
Learn why RA puts you at a greater risk for heart disease, and what you can do to protect yourself.Learn More
Thriving With RA
Eugenia Esquivel was 30 years old and in a high-powered career when she was diagnosed with RA. Read about her journey and what helped her learn to not just cope, but thrive with the disease.Learn More
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Living Well With Rheumatoid Arthritis
How Fat Affects Rheumatoid Arthritis
Being overweight can worsen RA symptoms, make medications less effective and set you up for other health problems.Learn More
Rheumatoid Arthritis and Sleep
Understand how your RA can affect your sleep and how your sleep problems make your symptoms worse.Learn More
Anti-Inflammatory Diet Do's and Don'ts
Following an anti-inflammatory diet, like the Mediterranean diet, may help reduce body-wide inflammation. Here's how to do it.Learn More
Help & Support
Arthritis Foundation Helpline
Our experienced Helpline team understands RA and is here to answer your questions. Call or email us for help in English or Spanish.Get the Help You Need
If you were recently diagnosed, you may feel overwhelmed and alone. Get tips that can help you manage your disease.Helpful Tips & Resources
Get Connected with a Community
Connecting with others in your local community who understand what it's like to live with arthritis is life-changing. Find a connect group near you to make new friends, share tips and get support.
Living Well With Inflammatory Arthritis
Get connected in-person to create achievable health goals and learn management and treatments options specific to your disease.
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