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Rheumatoid Arthritis Support on the Web

Don’t face RA alone

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a type of arthritis that can affect anyone at any age. We still don’t know exactly why or how some people get this disease. However, we do know that it occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks the tissues of the joints. This leads to inflammation, pain, and stiffness.

If you live with RA, take comfort in knowing you’re not alone. Meet up with others online who are going through the same struggles you are by checking out these forums, Facebook groups, and online support groups.

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Blogs

Blogs

Blogs are a powerful way for people going through certain experiences to educate and empower their readers. Every year, Healthline compiles a list of the best rheumatoid arthritis blogs. These blogs provide frequent and high-quality updates for their readers. Check them out!

Apps

Apps

MyRA

MyRA is a revolutionary app that helps people living with RA more accurately track their RA symptoms. It uses visual diagrams and summary reports that allow you to show your doctor your specific symptoms over longer periods of time, which in turn helps them offer you the best treatment. Download this app for free on your Apple or Android device.

RheumaTrack

Designed by rheumatologists, RheumaTrack helps you monitor your rheumatism by logging your pain levels, which can be exported directly to your doctor. It also has timers to remind you when it’s time to take your medicine. Download this app for free on your Apple or Android device.

Track + React

Developed by the Arthritis Foundation, Track + React helps you find what feels good and bad in your daily life by helping you track your pain levels in relation to your diet, exercise, sleep, and other daily activities. It also offers options for direct transferring to your doctor as well as advice symptom management from health experts. Download this app for free on your Apple or Android Device.

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Facebook groups

Facebook groups

Rheumatoid Arthritis Healing Naturally Support

Rheumatoid Arthritis Healing Naturally Support was created to support people living with RA who are interested in natural alternatives to healing through diet, juicing, exercise, stress management, and more. It currently has over 6,000 members.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Support and Awareness

Rheumatoid Arthritis Support and Awareness is a group that offers and operates with kindness and respect for people living with RA. It currently has over 2,000 members.

Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Join Healthline’s RA-focused Facebook page, Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis, for the latest information on RA treatments, medications, and related news. Learn more about your disease here and connect with others like you.

With over 6,000 likes, Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis gives you a unique opportunity to communicate with others and learn from their experiences. Group members post questions regularly, so you can either answer with your expertise or ask your own.

Squeaky Joints

With a fun and self-deprecating group name like Squeaky Joints, you know that the members of this Facebook page can laugh in the face of RA. The group was founded by two women who live with RA, but still enjoy living life to the fullest. It’s private and restricted to people with RA. Send a request to join and open up a world of caring people who find solace in sharing their experiences with each other.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Group

Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Group is another members-only group on Facebook. It’s dedicated to providing a restorative and positive outlet for people who live with RA and their loved ones.

The administrators happily allow new members who want to get advice, share their experiences, and just talk to others who understand what they’re going through each day. They aim to provide information for members. Anyone selling products is strictly forbidden from the group.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Forum

The Rheumatoid Arthritis Forum is a Facebook group dedicated to giving RA sufferers a place to share, comment, and listen. Founded by Penny Henthorn in 2012, the group is open to anyone and has thousands of likes.

You can expect to see several posts each day, with topics ranging from personal stories and news about new medications, to symptom comparisons. Each post generates lively discussions and friendly support.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy

For a daily dose of humor and inspiration, turn to the Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy. The author of the blog and founder of the Facebook group is a man in his 30s living with RA. He shares personal daily experiences with the disease by imagining himself as an unlikely superhero.

Sharing his successes, setbacks, and everything in between, RA Guy provides followers with important insights and the opportunity to comment and engage others in discussions.

Support groups

Support groups and forums

Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Group

The Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Group is an active forum, with new posts and comments popping up every day, as well as ongoing discussions. Main topics for conversation include personal stories, support with questions and answers, treatments, and resources.

There are also threads dealing with how RA affects relationships, daily life, and work, as well as conversations that go off topic into humor, hobbies, and games.

RA Chicks

The always-uplifting RA Chicks inspire their fans and followers with wit, humor, support, and plenty of useful information. Founded by a few women struggling with RA, the online community soon grew to 11,000 members.

Get the latest information on living with the disease, join the forum to discuss your experiences with others, and share your personal stories to help inspire others.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Support

The Yahoo! Group called Rheumatoid Arthritis Support is a public group with over 2,000 members. The group invites anyone with RA to join and to become a part of a powerful support network.

Visit to meet new friends or for a safe place to vent, whine, and learn from others. The group also supports off-topic conversations and jokes to add humor and lightness.

I Have Rheumatoid Arthritis

Interested in sharing your story about RA? Whether you want to talk about your diagnosis experience, your symptoms, how your treatment is going, or how RA has changed your life, the I Have Rheumatoid Arthritis support group wants to hear it.

Members of the community are invited to talk about all aspects of RA on a personal level and to engage each other in supportive discussions. Come here to share, to read, or to do both.

Moms with RA

As if having RA weren’t difficult enough in itself, being a mom with the disease can be especially trying. Moms with RA is a smaller support group and forum dedicated to women coping with RA while raising children. It’s a lifeline for many members.

If you’re a mom with RA, join this forum to discuss topics such as, “Pregnant!,” “Help me, I’m flaring!,” “Adoption,” and “Breastfeeding.” The site and its members have covered all the bases and bring up just about everything you can imagine related to motherhood and living with RA.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Forum

The Rheumatoid Arthritis Forum is an online community devoted to discussing all aspects of living with RA. Joining requires registration, but doing so is easy. You can begin your journey by reading a helpful set of FAQs.

Topics up for discussion include personal introductions and experiences, tests and procedures, natural remedies, and anything related to life with RA.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an active forum teeming with users who have experiences to share and questions to ask. You can easily become a member of the group by registering and agreeing to the rules.

Once you’re in, you can join the conversation on topics ranging from medication side effects, to family planning with RA, and new symptoms. Most topics are active every day, so you’re likely to find a friendly conversation partner any time you log on.

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Nonprofits

Nonprofit organizations

RA Connect

The Arthritis Foundation (AF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with all types of arthritis. AF hosts an online community called RA Connect. For years, the online group has provided people with RA with a forum for discussing, sharing, and learning about the disease.

The forum is populated by both newbies and veterans. The latter are welcoming and encouraging and dedicated to helping the newly diagnosed navigate the disease. With multiple discussion topics going on at once, you can find an answer to any question you have about RA.

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Literature

Literature

Arthritis Today

Arthritis Today is a magazine published by the Arthritis Foundation that focuses on current treatments and lifestyle suggestions written by doctors and health professionals. It comes in both print and digital versions.

Arthritis & Rheumatology

Arthritis & Rheumatology, an official journal of the American College of Rheumatology, publishes clinic research, review articles, editorials, and other educational material associated with rheumatic diseases. It is primarily written for researchers and clinicians, and is free for members of the ACR.

Arthritis Care & Research

Also an official journal of the American College of Rheumatology and Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals, Arthritis Care & Research focuses on clinical outcomes research health care policy, and publishes clinical practice guidelines as they become available. It is also free for ACR members.

The Rheumatologist

The Rheumatologist, published monthly also by the American College of Rheumatology, examines recent trends and scientific research on new treatment options for both healthcare professionals and people living with RA.

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Takeaway

Get social

With so many forums, online communities, support groups, and Facebook pages dedicated to coping with RA, there’s no reason to let the disease get you down. Follow the example of your RA peers and join in the conversations.

By sharing your experiences with others and reading what your fellow people with RA have to say, you can learn so much about how to live every day with your illness.

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