Rheumatoid Arthritis Resources

There is a lot to learn about rheumatoid arthritis. When I was first diagnosed, I didn’t know how it differed from osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is what affects specific joints as you age from wear and tear. Rheumatoid Arthritis is an incurable autoimmune disorder where the patient’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy joints and tissues. RA affects the patients organs and people of all ages. It primarily impacts women in their child bearing years (which is when I was diagnosed) but it tends to be hereditary and can strike kids also.

Here are some helpful sites on what RA is and how it impacts the patient from a medical perspective.

American College of Rheumatology
Pubmed Health page on RA
RA Warrior
Arthritis Foundation page on RA
Arthritis Today

When I was first diagnosed, I did not know anyone personally that endured RA. I started my blog and revealed why these posts are small victories to me. I also turned to finding support online and realized there are so many people, famous or not, that endure and write or talk about the disease to raise awareness. I find comfort, encouragement and inspiration from these people and some of my favorite RA lifestyle and support blogs are below.
RA guy
The Seated View
A Rheumful of Tips
Cooking With Arthritis
Living with RA
Living with Arthritis Today
The Juicy Joint
Naturally Happy Being Me
The Life and Adventures of Catepoo
RA Chicks
Everyday With RA
Thrive With RA
Cooking with Arthur
Life and Times with Art
Living Life with RA and FMS
Redefining Good
Single Gals Guide to RA
This is a continuously growing list of resources and support. Please let me know of other sites you read or own and find helpful in coping with this life-altering disease.

10 responses to “Rheumatoid Arthritis Resources

  1. I’ve had joint problems since childhood. Lately I’ve been getting better from improving my diet, eating less sugars, more fruits and vegetables and taking better care of myself. Ginger and gelatin have really helped to reduce the pain and inflammation. I feel like I’m getting better. Hoping and praying that things keep getting better.

  2. I also have Rheumatoid Arthritis, although mine is pretty manageable so far. I am going to try an anti-inflammatory eating plan this year to see if that helps. My doctor doesn’t seem to think diet makes a difference, but I really hope that he’s wrong 😉
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    • Improving my diet has made a huge difference for me. I’ve been eating less and less sugar and other processed carbs and eating more fruits and vegetables and seeds. It has made a huge difference for me. I still have pains and stuff, but it’s good pain and it’s getting better.

  3. I’m finally getting over to your page! I love your design and all of your book reviews etc. I can see I have a lot to learn from you! You have an amazing attitude and I look forward to getting to knowing you, I swear I comment quicker things are just really crazy for me right now. Add to it Google has locked me out of my profile for some reason now too!

    Gentle hugs to you have a great week!
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    • Thanks so much Lorna. Sometimes it’s easier than others to maintain a positive attitude but my blog is my little place on the internet to celebrate those little things that make me happy and it makes me happy just writing about them and sharing it with others. I hope you get the Google mess figured out, I have my own Norton mess that I’m trying to fix. Ugh. I love technology, when it works.

  4. Tanya

    Hi Marianna, you are very welcome, I like to find blogs that have a positive message and yours certainly does aim to inspire and help. this disease is certainly difficult to handle. I don’t know how you blog daily, that must be hard,but that is an admirable goal. I am going to start an online week long “class” called Content Brew from Momcomm (the goal is to join up with other bloggers and have a content calendar filled out with loads of ideas). I knw how hard it is to keep those creative juices flowing.

    Anyway, I appreciate your compliment of stopping by and commenting…and I LOVE when you said the “small victories that when strung together, create the pearls of peace, joy and healing.” …beautifully said. Have a good day! ~ Tanya

  5. Hi Tanya,

    Thank you for including me in this list of resources.

    At times, my year-long daily blogging project is a challenge; there are periods when the words don’t flow as easily and the sentences seem to wander off in directions that are as crooked as some of my digits. Knowing that you find comfort and inspiration in my blog inspires me to push through the block and put fingers to keyboard.

    It is, indeed, the small victories that when strung together, create the pearls of peace, joy and healing.

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