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.

Everyone’s experience living with RA is different, but having information, resources and support can help you navigate your journey with this disease, whether you’ve been recently diagnosed or you’re a veteran of this disease. Explore this site to learn more about RA and what to expect when you’re diagnosed, as well as treatments and how to conquer everyday challenges. You’ll find support from others living with RA, ways to stay active and manage your disease, opportunities to advocate for yourself and others – so you can say Yes! to living with RA.

An estimated 1.3 million Americans live with RA, and it is twice as common in women as men.

RA takes a toll on mental health, with some estimates that up to 22% of RA patients have depression.

In one study, more than 50% of RA patients who reached remission sustained it for at least two years.

Newly Diagnosed - Rheumatoid Arthritis

Winning at Life With Rheumatoid Arthritis

ShaRae Mansfield, a former pro basketball player who lives with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), talks about her experience before she was diagnosed and how she finally got a correct diagnosis. She shares what she wishes she had known about living with arthritis when she was younger and offers advice to others who are newly diagnosed with RA.

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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.

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Recently Diagnosed?

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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