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How Rheumatoid Arthritis Can Affect Your Mental Health

How Rheumatoid Arthritis Can Affect Your Mental Health

Because the physical impact of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can be all-consuming, you may be dealing with psychological effects of the condition that you aren’t even aware of, but which you should definitely address so you can improve your quality...
Posted 05/25/2021

Watch on Demand: Mental Health and Arthritis

Watch on Demand: Mental Health and Arthritis

“Anyone dealing with chronic illness of any kind can really come up against challenges, particularly when there is no cure, or there’s uncertainty in the progression of the illness.”Dr. Sarah Gray, who specializes in pain psychology, shared this...
Posted 05/19/2021

Canceling Is Kindness: Keeping Safe From COVID-19 With RA

Canceling Is Kindness: Keeping Safe From COVID-19 With RA

Those of us living with pre-existing, chronic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have likely felt the impact of the new coronavirus (COVID-19). Medical appointments may have been rescheduled or switched to virtual, work and school may be...
Posted 03/20/2020

Brain Fog and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Brain Fog and Rheumatoid Arthritis

If you have rheumatoid arthritis and experience difficulty remembering, concentrating, or thinking clearly, you’re not alone. These may be the results of brain fog, a common symptom of RA that causes impaired memory and focus. “There are some days...
Updated 02/10/2021

Depression and RA

Depression and RA

Depression is a common symptom of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). As many as 41 percent of people with RA experience depression, more than twice the rate in the general population, according to the Arthritis Foundation. Depression is related to...
Updated 03/01/2021

Acceptance: Realigning Expectations and Extending Grace to Ourselves

Acceptance: Realigning Expectations and Extending Grace to Ourselves

"But that's not the way it's supposed to be!" is a common thing we say when our expectations fall short. It happens to all of us. Some members of myRAteam have found the practice of "allowing and letting be" in the midst of a trying to be a way to...
Posted 08/29/2018

RA: What People Don't See (Infographic)

RA: What People Don't See (Infographic)

Below the surface, living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can mean days spent in pain, missed appointments, and alternate days when we seem fine. There's so much more to rheumatoid arthritis than meets the eye. We know that RA comes with hundreds...
Updated 03/05/2021

On Living with Acute Chronic Pain: Please Don’t Treat Me Like a Drug Addict!

On Living with Acute Chronic Pain: Please Don’t Treat Me Like a Drug Addict!

by blogger and author Kate Mitchell It’s 9:41 on a Wednesday, and I have been trying to sleep for almost two hours. My body has been sluggish and weak all day – well, more than normal, at least – and I need lots of sleep. Preferably 10-13 hours....
Updated 07/18/2016

10 Tips to Feel in Control With RA

10 Tips to Feel in Control With RA

by Annette McKinnon It’s easier to cope with chronic illness if you feel that you have some control over your life and your health. When everything seems to be spinning away from you, life is harder to manage.I read a scientific paper called...
Posted 07/18/2016
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