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Weight Gain and RA

Updated on September 30, 2020

Medically reviewed by
Dr. Ariel Teitel

"Mostly drink water these days. no sodas at all. I really want to take off some weight, and think I am more motivated now, and I can also see it happening. I slipped a bit today, I had a mini blizzard, but...I don't do that very much...It is a battle." -A member of myRAteam

Managing RA isn't easy. On top of that, it can sometimes cause weight gain. Losing the extra weight may be challenging because of body changes, fatigue, and medication side effects.

On myRAteam, the social network and online support group for those living with rheumatoid arthritis, members talk about a range of personal experiences and struggles. Weight gain is one of the top topics most discussed.

Here are some question-and-answer threads about weight gain:

I'm looking for yoga videos that won't aggravate my RA. Any suggestions?

Other then a healthy diet how do I limit weight gain from biologics?

I need help getting my weight under control. Does anyone have ideas?

Here are some conversations about weight gain:

My new provider is pushing weight loss surgery, but I think that my medications are causing me to gain weight.

Can anyone tell me what exactly RA does to our body overall? I have horrible pain in areas that are not joints. My Dr. wants me to take drugs that cause hair loss, weight gain, nausea, and more!

My diet hasn't changed, still eating healthy, but weight gain with no progress is just a bummer!

Can you relate?

Have another topic you'd like to discuss or explore? Go to myRAteam today and start the conversation. You'll be surprised just how many others may share similar stories.

Feel free to ask a question here.

Ariel Teitel, M.D., M.B.A. is the clinical associate professor of medicine at the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York. Learn more about him here. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.

A myRAteam Member said:

I have taken Methotrexate tablets for over ten years and haven't found the drug to cause weight gain.

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