Living With Arthritis

Below you will find a collection of my top articles when it comes to living with rheumatoid arthritis advice. From exercise to sun care. I get a lot of emails with questions about these, which is why I have written my essays on the most commonly asked topics. Here you can easily find the most common.

How I Explain What Rheumatoid Arthritis Actually Is to People Who Don’t Have It

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.

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What Does Rheumatoid Arthritis Really Feel Like? The 10 Descriptions You Won’t Read in an Office Pamphlet

First: Rheumatoid arthritis is not just ‘arthritis’

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How I Explain Chronic Fatigue to Those Who Don’t Have It

Fatigue isn’t just being tired. It robs us of our ability to think clearly and of our motivation. Your body feels like it’s powering off like a dying battery.

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The Letter I Wish I Sent Myself the Day I Was Diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis

‘It’s not going to be easy and there is no manual on how to do this but girl, you want to live — not just survive, right?’’

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Brain Fog: Why Don’t We Talk More About This Frustrating Symptom of Rheumatoid Arthritis?

I personally find that this brain fog can be one of the most difficult — and sometimes embarrassing — parts of living with rheumatoid arthritis.

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How You Can Support Someone with a Chronic Illness (and Some Real Advice on How *Not* To)

Start by avoiding ableism and toxic positivity.

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Your Period, Menstrual Cycle, and Inflammatory Arthritis Flares: What’s the Connection?

If you swear your arthritis symptoms get worse when you have PMS or during your period, you’re not alone.

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Since Being Diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, I Always Feel Like I Have the Flu. Here’s What I’ve Learned About Malaise.

When I was diagnosed with this chronic illness at age 29, I was expecting joint pain. I didn’t expect to feel like I was hit by an 18-wheeler.

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Tattoos and Arthritis: Can You Safely Get Inked If You Have Arthritis?

Here’s what you need to know about timing, medication, and healing when you want to get a tattoo and have inflammatory arthritis.

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I Was Scared of Strength Training Because of My Rheumatoid Arthritis. Here’s How I Got Over It.

With proper guidance, strength training has become one of Eileen Davidson’s favorite tools for managing a painful battle with rheumatoid arthritis. This is how it became a critical part of her exercise routine and overall treatment plan.

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The 11 Moods of Rheumatoid Arthritis — and How I’ve Learned to Cope with Them

Eileen Davidson wasn’t prepared for the emotional and mental health roller coaster that followed her rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis. Here’s what she learned along the way

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12 Tips to Take the Guilt Out of Parenting with Chronic Illness (from a Single Mom with Rheumatoid Arthritis)

“I’m nowhere near perfect and learning more and more every year,” says Eileen Davidson. Here’s a list of what helps her survive being a single mom with rheumatoid arthritis.

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Why You Need to Mourn Your ‘Old Life’ After a Rheumatoid Arthritis Diagnosis (and How to Move On)

Gradually the person I was before RA became more and more of a stranger. A ghost.

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Chronic Pain and Suicide: Signs You or a Loved One Needs Help, and How to Get It

People with chronic pain from arthritis and other conditions may be at an increased risk of having suicidal thoughts and behavior. Learn more about this link and when and how to get help.

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What I Learned About My Rheumatoid Arthritis By Using a Health Tracker to Participate in Research (and How You Can Too)

When I was first diagnosed with RA, now six years ago, I wish I knew how tracking my health and my physical activity would be so beneficial to understanding how my disease impacts my daily life and more.

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How the Canadian Winter Affects My Rheumatoid Arthritis (and How I Deal with It)

Being more in tune with my health gave me a deeper understanding of how the winter affects me physically and mentally.

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