Connect with others who understand.

sign up log in
About myRAteam

Why You Should Be Your Own RA Advocate

Posted on December 06, 2021
See how 454 members reacted on this article
Article written by
Ashley Nicole

After I first started experiencing rheumatoid arthritis (RA) symptoms, I saw a series of health care providers who couldn’t quite figure out what was wrong with me. It took six years to actually arrive at an RA diagnosis. By then, I’d already been living with severe joint damage in my wrists.

In this video, I share my diagnosis journey, along with why I believe it’s essential to be your own advocate if you’re trying to get a diagnosis. I’d love to hear what your RA diagnosis experience was like. Please leave a comment below, and share what you’ve learned along the way.

My Perspective articles discuss rheumatoid arthritis from a specific point of view. My Perspective articles don’t reflect the opinions of myRAteam staff, medical experts, partners, advertisers, or sponsors. Content on myRAteam isn't intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

Ashley Nicole is the founder and coach at RA Warrior Fitness, where the mission is to empower women living with rheumatoid arthritis. Learn more about her here.

Recent articles

People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have an increased risk of high blood pressure, also called...

High Blood Pressure and Rheumatoid Arthritis: What’s the Connection?

People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have an increased risk of high blood pressure, also called...
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that occurs when the immune system attacks the...

What Causes Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that occurs when the immune system attacks the...
Treatments for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) such as biologics can be very effective, but they can...

Copay Assistance for Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs

Treatments for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) such as biologics can be very effective, but they can...
Although rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is primarily a disease of the joints, it can have effects...

Conditions Related to Rheumatoid Arthritis

Although rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is primarily a disease of the joints, it can have effects...
Although the pain and stiffness associated with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) may cause you to assume...

The 6 Best Exercises for RA in the Feet

Although the pain and stiffness associated with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) may cause you to assume...
Exercising is considered one of the best ways to reduce pain and stiffness from rheumatoid...

The 4 Best Exercises for Rheumatoid Arthritis in the Hands

Exercising is considered one of the best ways to reduce pain and stiffness from rheumatoid...
Feeling stressed is common after being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), but you can find...

You’re Newly Diagnosed With Rheumatoid Arthritis: Now What?

Feeling stressed is common after being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), but you can find...
Getting a second opinion regarding your rheumatoid arthritis (RA) diagnosis can improve your...

Your Guide To Getting a Second Opinion

Getting a second opinion regarding your rheumatoid arthritis (RA) diagnosis can improve your...
Physicians will use multiple blood tests, in addition to considering your medical and family...

Blood Tests for Diagnosing Rheumatoid Arthritis

Physicians will use multiple blood tests, in addition to considering your medical and family...
An X-ray can be an important baseline for diagnosing rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in its early...

Imaging Scans for Diagnosing Rheumatoid Arthritis

An X-ray can be an important baseline for diagnosing rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in its early...
myRAteam My rheumatoid arthritis Team

Thank you for signing up.

close