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Rheumatoid Arthritis
Wellness Center


Living with rheumatoid arthritis can be hard — and it often takes a village to help you feel better. 

You’re here because your health care provider wants to give you more information and tools to live well with RA. This resource is from United Rheumatology, a nationwide organization for rheumatology practices that your doctor is part of, and CreakyJoints, a patient advocacy community for people living with arthritis and chronic illness. CreakyJoints is part of the nonprofit Global Healthy Living Foundation.

Coping with RA symptoms like pain and fatigue often requires more than just medication. We hope you can use this information as part of your RA treatment plan to manage symptoms and incorporate wellness tips into your lifestyle. 

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Overview

Rheumatoid arthritis causes painful, swollen joints, but it’s much more than just a joint disease. Learning more about RA symptoms and treatments can help you have more informed and productive doctor visits that use shared decision-making.

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RA and Fatigue

Fatigue is one of the most challenging parts of living with RA. As RA fatigue can have many different causes, treating it can mean using a mix of strategies personalized for you. Learn more about the best ways to fight fatigue.

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RA and Sleep

Difficulty sleeping is very common in RA. Since pain can make it hard to sleep and poor sleep can make pain feel worse, this can easily become a vicious cycle. But there is a lot you can do to improve poor sleep with RA. 

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RA and Exercise

Exercise may feel daunting when you have RA pain and fatigue, but regular movement and activity is key to feeling better and maintaining mobility and function. Learn more about safe and healthy exercises.

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RA and Nutrition

A healthy, anti-inflammatory diet won’t cure your RA, but it may help you have more energy, maintain a healthy weight, and reduce your risk of related conditions like heart disease. Learn more about how to eat an RA-friendly diet. 

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RA and Mind-Body Approaches

Stress, anxiety, and depression affect many people with chronic illnesses like RA. Therapy and medication can be an important part of managing mental health conditions. It may also help to incorporate some relaxation strategies into your daily routine as part of a treatment plan. 

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RA and Support

Finding support from loved ones or outside support groups is key when you live with chronic illness. Learn more about finding and benefitting from support groups.

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