Living With RA
Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis
I have been living with Rheumatoid Arthritis since 1996, so I wanted to gather the most useful information and links that I have found over the years, to hopefully help others that receive this life changing diagnosis.
I am a real patient that lives with this disease. I created this lens to provide support and information for other patients. I am not here to sell you snake oil, or take your money in order to profit on your pain. So many lenses and websites seek to take advantage of those of us with chronic illnesses in order to make a quick profit. My advice to anyone living with arthritis, is to find a doctor that you trust, and don't be fooled by magic pills, creams, and potions that promise to cure your disease.
By the way: The hand in the photo is mine. Not bad for a 48 year old that has had rheumatoid arthritis for all these years.
hand photo, © Julianne Gentile
Get Moving! - exercise is the best medicine
I wish that more doctors would prescribe exercise for RA patients. Maintaining an exercise program has been the best medicine for me. Regular activity increases my mobility and energy level, while reducing my pain.
This is my favorite exercise program and I do this several days a week. There are three DVDs from an easy 1 mile to a high energy 3 mile. The exercises are easy on the joints, yet they really help me with my mobility and energy level.
This is a wonderfully relaxing program designed specifically for people with arthritis. I enjoy Tai Chi in the evening, or on days when I want a quiet workout. This is great for beginners.
This is a wonderful program of gentle exercise for seniors and others with more severe arthritis, or those that have been inactive for a long time.
An injectible treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis. The site also includes information and products for living with RA.
Orencia is a new Rheumatoid Arthritis treatment from Bristol-Myers Squibb.
- RA Pages @ Arthritis Foundation
The Arthritis Foundation website offers basic information about the disease.
Remicade is a treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis that is delivered via I.V. infusion. You will find information and support at the official website.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis @ About.com
Carol has a comprehensive selection of articles and links to RA information on the About.com arthritis site.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis @ MedicineNet.
This is a very informative article about the disease. It includes information about many different treatment options, past, present, and future.
- Road Back Foundation
A non profit organization that promotes education about the treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis and related diseases with antibiotic therapy.
- Dr. Andrew Weil, MD
Rheumatoid Arthritis information at Dr. Weil's website.
Arthritis Magazines - stay up to date on Arthritis research, treatments, and other news
Monthly magazine containing articles for people with arthritis.
I am not a doctor, I am a paitient. Please remember this, and discuss your questions and concerns with your doctor.
I'd love to hear from other people that are living with RA. Please take a moment to say hello.