Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic, debilitating autoimmune disease that attacks your joints, causing painful swelling and eventual deformity. If you have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, seeking support from an online community can be helpful. You can connect with other people and learn from their experiences with rheumatoid arthritis.
There are many online forums for rheumatoid arthritis support. Here are some of the best ones out there.
These sites vary in their offerings. Some include medical advice from doctors while others focus on healing and mindfulness. The online forums vary in the way you connect and most require that you to register to participate.
This website is a network focused exclusively on rheumatoid arthritis. Its goals are to foster community and connection. TheRAConnection.com offers support, resources, and more to help provide information to those living with rheumatoid arthritis or to those who have a loved one with the condition. The site also features information from experts, including doctors, financial experts, and nutritionists.
You must sign up to participate in the forum. Once you are in the community, you will be able to chat, see posts, participate in surveys, and more.
HealthBoards: Arthritis Message Board
HealthBoards manages a forum for those living with rheumatoid arthritis. The aim of the site is to connect people who are experiencing the same medical condition.
HealthBoards has 850,000 registered members and was rated in the top 20 health information websites by Consumer Reports Health WebWatch. The arthritis message board features several threads on rheumatoid arthritis with hundreds of views and many replies to each thread.
Inspire: Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Groups
The Inspire website features six different communities for rheumatoid arthritis, including the Arthritis Foundation Support Community and the Autoimmune Diseases Support Group.
On this site you can post threads to share with the community for support and inspiration. You must create a login, password, and screen name to access the site and its numerous groups.
DailyStrength: Rheumatoid Arthritis Forum
This forum features thousands of threads on rheumatoid arthritis. You can view the threads without having to sign up for the site, which may help you determine if the community is for you.
Once you register, you can post and respond to threads, create and track goals, write in a journal, and share photos.
HealingWell.com: Rheumatoid Arthritis
The mission of HealingWell.com is to be mindful and focus on healing when living with a chronic illness. The site began in 1996 and features forums, blogs, newsletters, and more.
The easy-to-use forums have more than 2 million posts in more than 275,000 threads. There is one specifically for rheumatoid arthritis.
Healingwell.com does not disseminate medical advice, but it does provide a community for those looking for support dedicated to mindfulness and healing.
MDJunction: Rheumatoid Forums
MDJunction began in 2006. Its mission is to bring together people who are going through health challenges. The site features a host of forums for rheumatoid arthritis, including:
- Introductions and Personal Stories
- General & Support
- Medicine & Treatments
- RA and Relationships
- Family and Friends
Each forum contains hundreds, if not thousands, of threads and replies. As a whole, the site has 800 different online support groups and more than 16 million visitors each year.
Yahoo Groups: Rheumatoid Arthritis Support
This public group hosted through Yahoo has 2,637 members and was founded in 1999. The group provides support to adults with rheumatoid arthritis and other rheumatic conditions. Its main focuses are on rheumatoid arthritis and evidence-based support for living with the condition.
On the site, you can post personal experiences, but the group does not offer medical advice. You do not need approval to begin posting to the group, and it suggests you use your name or a nickname when posting.
Facebook hosts several rheumatoid arthritis forums. Some are communities and others are groups. The amount of information you can see depends on the forum’s status. You may need to send a request to join the group, depending on its settings.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Forum
This Facebook community has more than 11,000 likes. It features the slogan, “A place for RA’ers supported by RA’ers. Where RA’ers from all around the world gather for support and to be understood. United we stand and together we fight. We are RA strong!”
Penny Henthorn founded the site in February 2012 to educate those with rheumatoid arthritis on how to cope with the condition in your everyday life. You do not need to ask to join the group to see the content.
Rheumatoid Arthritis: Squeaky Joints
Rheumatoid Arthritis: Squeaky Joints is a closed Facebook group with more than 9,000 members. Because it is a closed group, the information shared by members cannot be seen by the public. You can ask to join the group and one of the site’s administrators will confirm your request. Once in the group, you can share your experiences and ask questions about rheumatoid arthritis.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Group
This support group is a closed group on Facebook with more than 13,000 followers. The group’s mission is to support others with the autoimmune condition. The moderator of the group has rheumatoid arthritis and hopes that the forum will provide hope and information to those with rheumatoid arthritis.
You must send a request to be added to the group. Once you are accepted as a member, you can post and view information.
Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis
This supportive community allows you to connect with others with this condition, as well as experts who can offer tips for managing your symptoms. You can post questions to the community, read inspiring quotes, and learn the latest rheumatoid arthritis news.
You do not need to send a request to join this group. It currently has over 24,000 members.
Living with rheumatoid arthritis can be challenging at times, but connecting to an online support forum may help you learn more about living with the condition. These websites and Facebook pages offer words of support, comfort, and understanding. You can contribute to the communities to share your experiences and knowledge in addition to learning from others.