People with inflammatory arthritis on TNF inhibitor biologics did not experience any incidence of shingles infection after getting the live vaccine for shingles.
Talking about arthritis with people who don’t have it is hard enough. Yet, the way we talk to other people with arthritis can be tricky, too.
If you have arthritis in your knees, ankles or feet, you may find some relief wearing these special socks. Here’s how they work.
Gradually the person I was before RA became more and more of a stranger. A ghost.
Living with arthritis is hard. But this advice from fellow patients can make the going a little less tough.
‘Do up to 80 percent of what you think you are capable of and then stop.’
Falling is both more common and more serious for people with arthritis — here’s what you can do today to lower your risk.
Here’s what you need to know about timing, medication, and healing when you want to get a tattoo and have inflammatory arthritis.
These arthritis home remedies may be worth a try as part of your overall doctor-prescribed treatment plan.
When your evenings are consumed by pain and fatigue, it’s easy to crash on the couch and call it a night. Here are tips to make your evenings less stressful and more productive.
Everyone dreads laundry day, but when you have arthritis pain, stiffness, and fatigue, doing laundry is a whole other kind of impossible.
Humiliating moments don’t discriminate — they happen to all of us and they happen wherever we are: at home, at school, at social events, at work.
Does RA make your skin itchy? This could explain why — and what to do about it.
Treating dry mouth isn’t as simple as drinking more water. When you have dry mouth related to arthritis, here’s what to do about it.
‘By the time my doctor diagnosed me with rheumatoid arthritis, my body felt like it was crumbling from the inside out. I knew I wouldn't be working as an esthetician any more.’
‘I assume I can until I can’t. I make plans, I book trips, I go to the gym, I live as normal of a life as possible.’
Arthritis can make hooking a bra impossible some days. Here are better bra options for supporting your girls.
Here’s how to enjoy your tub time without struggling to squeeze shampoo bottles or worrying about slips and falls.
‘Basically, it’s like running a marathon with the flu while in an existential crisis.’
There’s a lot to consider when deciding whether to use a brace for extra support in knee arthritis.
When you have chronic illness like arthritis, it can be hard to imagine getting through the day without a nap. But you must read this before you nod off.
Arthritis in certain parts of the body can make it more difficult to walk. Here’s how to deal with these changes in your gait and remain mobile.
Could the meds you take to manage your arthritis make you vulnerable to sunburn or other skin issues?
Vaccines are a critical part of your arthritis treatment plan. Don’t let common misconceptions get in the way of your care.
There’s tired and then there’s fatigue. Let’s not mistake the two.
Who says you have to suffer to be beautiful?
Faking your arthritis? Yeah, right. “If anything, we fake being well.”
People with arthritis share their best tips and tricks for getting through morning stiffness and pain and starting the day right.
For Arthritis Awareness Month, we asked the CreakyJoints community to share their ‘As Not Seen on TV’ moments — what daily life with arthritis is really like.
Eileen Davidson, 33, knows it’s not easy for others to understand what it’s like to live with rheumatoid arthritis. Here’s how she attempts to describe it.
The everyday choices you make — like how active you are and how you handle stress and fatigue — affect your joints. Here’s how to make sure you might not unknowingly be making things worse.
Applying for an accessible parking placard is a practical as well as emotional decision.
Ever wish a podiatrist could take you shoe shopping? This is a close second.
Painsomnia is real, but this advice can help you start sleeping well again.
The excruciating pain and swelling during a gout flare is pretty hard to ignore.
Some people want to get away from brutal winters; for others, high humidity is the enemy. Here’s what science and arthritis patients themselves say about how weather may impact disease.
If you’ve never made yourself a ‘hot pocket’ with two heated blankets, you’re missing out.
Here’s how to handle these increases in AS disease activity.
You’ve probably heard that moderate drinkers have a lower risk of certain health problems, including heart disease and Alzheimer’s. Studies have similarly suggested that a few drinks a week might cut your chances of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and that...
Physical therapy can be an important part of treatment for many people with arthritis. Here’s the advice PTs wish they could give everyone.
The prep for a colonoscopy is often worse than the procedure. Here’s how to make it more tolerable.
Some women call the combination a nightmare. Here’s how to prepare for how menopause could affect your RA management.
Take a step in the right direction with these tips for finding the best shoes to wear if you have arthritis.
Here are the main clues a psoriatic arthritis flare is coming, and how to make it go away more quickly.
Having both RA and PTSD means more systemic inflammation.
Whether it’s seeing a world wonder or getting a handicapped parking permit, accomplishments feel even more proud when you have a chronic illness.
You’ve likely heard that carrying around excess pounds can make rheumatoid arthritis (RA) worse, but how do you know if you’re too heavy? The usual shortcut to determining whether someone is overweight is to rely on body mass index (BMI),...
If you think you’ve tried everything for managing fibro, you might find new advice worth testing here.
Here’s why Amazon Prime and butt wipes should be part of your arthritis management toolkit.
These pain-soothing tips from doctors and fellow patients may help you find new solutions for your arthritis symptoms.
Rheumatoid arthritis can cause a range of skin symptoms, but skin problems could also indicate you have a different kind of arthritis to begin with.
If you haven’t heard of ‘coban wrap,’ compression clothing, or an ‘SI band’ — listen up.
Here’s how to know when it’s time to invest in canes or other assistive device to manage arthritis pain.
Must arthritis mean the end to happy hour? The short answer: Probably not.
You’re gonna want to start using these ASAP.
Raise your hand if you dread laundry day. Or if the thought of scrubbing your bathtub makes you feel anxious. When you have osteoarthritis or inflammatory arthritis, the daily and weekly chores everyone finds annoying can feel even more burdensome,...
If you live with the chronic pain of arthritis, you’d do just about anything to get pain relief. The CDC reports that one in four people with arthritis experiences severe joint pain, and nearly half of those with arthritis have...
AS seems to take different kinds of tolls on men vs. women.
Between slippery sidewalks, aching joints, and colds and flu, winter is rough on arthritis. These tips can help you stay healthy and safe.
OTs can help you live with less pain and disruption to your daily routine. Here are their tips for living better with arthritis.
Dibs Baer once made a New Year’s resolution that transformed her health. Here are the healthy life goals she’s looking to set now.
Flu and pneumonia vaccines are a must.
Have you ever tried getting out of bed without putting any weight on your hands or holding on to anything? It’s harder than you think.
If you’ve got arthritis, you’ve probably experienced the intense pain of flares. Here’s how to handle them.
Follow this advice to set sail without pain, stress, or anxiety (or at least a lot less of it).
Some people living with arthritis have found their symptoms lessen when wearing these special gloves. Here’s how they work.
Say hello to your new best friend: the heated mattress pad.
It has to do with one word: inflammation.
Canceling plans to take care of yourself can be one of the hardest parts about coping with a chronic disease like arthritis. These tips can make it easier.
Furbabies can reduce stress, stave off loneliness, and provide physical activity, but caring for them when you have arthritis can be challenging. Here’s how to make it easier.
Inflammatory arthritis raises your heart disease risk. Here’s how doctors say you can protect your ticker.
Your life is about to get *way* easier.
Bring on the sweet relief.
Number one: You need the flu shot — full stop Less than half of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and psoriatic arthritis get vaccinated for influenza, according to a recent study. But when you have inflammatory arthritis, your risk of...
If you had chickenpox as a child, you likely remember those itchy bumps and tiny blisters that turned into scabs you weren’t supposed to pick (but did anyway). That very same virus that gave you childhood chickenpox also causes shingles...
There’s a strong connection between arthritis and depression, but this advice can help protect your mental health.
Let’s be direct: Living with arthritis can sometimes get depressing. Chronic pain and fatigue can impact everything from your work and hobbies to being able to capably wipe your own bum in the bathroom. Arthritis can also make your anxiety...
If you feel like you get sick more than other people, you’re right, because inflammatory arthritis can up your chances. Here’s what you can do.
Painful and stiff joints, weak muscles, or bouts of fatigue can make work feel impossible some days. These tips can help.
The holiday season can really wipe you out when you're already experiencing fatigue from arthritis. Try this advice to restore your energy.
After eight years of coping with chronic pain, I thought I had accepted my new reality. But a nightmarish reminder of what I was missing really threw me for a loop.
If someone’s nagging you to stop your knuckle cracking, show them this.
Many are simple enough to start and keep going when you’re not feeling your best.
CBD oil. Handicapped parking permits. A genius wedding ring hack. It took these patients years to learn all these tips and tricks, but you might as well steal their advice now.
Try these during Thanksgiving meal prep.
A very wise young woman once told me, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” Her name was… Kelly Clarkson. And I heard the song on the radio and, fine, she wasn’t singing only to me. But for me, and...
These stubborn myths aren’t just annoying to patients who know better; they are risky to believe for people who are just starting to learn more about their disease.
Rheumatologists and other doctors share some surprising facts and clinical observations they wish all their RA patients understood.
It’s understandable that inflammatory arthritis can interfere with your sexual health, but it doesn’t mean that aspect of your life is has to stay negative or challenged forever.
“Umm, are you OK?” It was a question Melanie Mourt, then 22, would get asked routinely at the end of the group fitness classes she taught during her senior year of college in 2016 at Elon University in North Carolina....
Learn what brain fog feels like in people living with inflammatory arthritis. Plus, get tips on what you can do to sharpen your thinking.
RA patients might find these phrases offensive, judgmental, or dismissive. Here's what you're better off steering clear of saying.
In 2016, Los Angeles-based fashion designer Michael Kuluva did a remarkable thing at New York Fashion Week. He used the event as a platform to publicly share his journey as a patient living with rheumatoid arthritis, designing his clothing line...
But many patients confess that the emotional aspects of chronic illness are the hardest to get used to.
Attending a wedding or other special event when you have a chronic illness like inflammatory arthritis has a unique set of challenges.
Last week Lucy Trieshmann left a doctor’s office feeling particularly disheartened. “I was in a lot of pain and didn’t think I’d been given any recourse, which was super upsetting,” she says. So she went home and shared the following...
Thousands of models will walk the runways during New York Fashion Week this fall and while they all work to make it look easy and glamorous, there’s one model who is working extra hard — struggling just to breathe, much...
Nobody wants to go through an arthritis flare. The symptoms may feel a lot like you did when you were first diagnosed and your disease wasn’t well controlled. “A rheumatoid arthritis flare is an acute activation of the immune system,...
Catherine King, 28, only started sharing her chronic illness journey on Instagram in 2017, but she already has more than 18,000 followers on her @meme_the_sick_away account. They connect with the multiple daily memes and posts she shares about dealing with...