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RA.ORG.NZ provides information on rheumatoid arthritis (RA) for patients and their carers. It includes general information around RA, treatment options, tools and tips to help manage RA and a self-assessment tool for patients to track their disease over time.

Rheumatoid Arthritis. A guide to using our Self Assessment Tool - watch our short video This Self Assessment Tool is a guide to monitoring symptoms and should be discussed with your doctor.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Self Assessment Tool » Managing Pain- Pain can be an everyday experience when you’re living with arthritis – and some days may be worse than others. Pain is often triggered by everyday things, such as turning a door handle, or your body being too cold. There are some things you can do at home to help ease your pain. Top Tips for Reducing Pain What are your triggers? "I like practical advice, something that a mum would do – maybe try some pressure, maybe some heat" "What works really well for me is a wheat pack too … sometimes it just takes the edge off so the drugs can work on the inside" Morning Stiffness+ Waking up with your body feeling stiff and sore is a common experience for people with arthritis.

Warmth. Fatigue+ Fatigue can be one of the more frustrating symptoms of arthritis. Plan ahead Keep your standards in check. Rheumatoid Arthritis. Preparing meals - even simple ones - can be a challenge when you are living with arthritis.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

The thought of cooking for larger groups or celebrations could feel daunting. Cooking and entertaining can be made a bit easier by following some of the tips below. Using heavy cookware or appliances with fiddly attachments can put strain on your arms and wrists. If it is affordable, have a think about investing in some new kitchenware: Lighter pots and pans. Some people find it easier on their joints to sit while doing day-to-day tasks: Sit down to mix, stir or chop while cooking. Food preparation - particularly chopping – can be hard on stiff or sore joints. Look for pre-packaged, pre-cut food. As arthritis can be unpredictable, it can be good to plan your meals ahead of time so that you are prepared if you are having a flare.

Create a grocery list on your home computer of items you buy most often. Do you dread the thought of grocery shopping because the bags are just too heavy? Rheumatoid Arthritis. Life can get hectic these days - commuting to work, driving the kids around, running errands and just being where you need to be.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

This can be difficult when you’re living with arthritis. Have a read of the tips below to help you get from A to B with more comfort and ease. Driving is usually necessary for day-to-day tasks such going to the doctor, running errands, or grocery shopping. Here are some tips to make driving a little easier: Mobility Stickers. Everybody has ‘stuff’ they have to do day-to-day, whether they have arthritis or not. Make a list of tasks and break them up to complete over a couple of days. Using the bus or train can seem daunting when you have arthritis, but there are measures you can take to get around more smoothly: Plan your route in advance.

Be sure that you're not putting too much stress on yourself when you're out and about. Be prepared for temperature changes – outside and inside. Taking time to rest during the day can help you be more productive. Rheumatoid Arthritis - Self Assessment Tool. Rheumatoid Arthritis. Rheumatoid Arthritis. Rheumatoid Arthritis. RA Medication- There are a number of different medications used to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Rheumatoid Arthritis

The type of treatment you receive will depend on how far your disease has progressed, and how well your RA responds to the different medications. Medications may be given to you as a tablet, an injection or an infusion. Below is a list of the common medications used to treat RA: Analgesics Analgesics are also known as ‘painkillers’. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) NSAIDs treat pain and inflammation. Steroids Steroids help reduce inflammation. Disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) DMARDs reduce inflammation and can prevent joint damage.

Biologic DMARDs Biologic DMARDs are a type of DMARD produced from living cells. Taking RA Biologics+ Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) biologics can be given as injections or infusions. RA biologics given by self-injection It is becoming more common for RA patients to give themselves their own injections at home. Goals of RA Treatment+ Rheumatoid Arthritis. Information for Patients What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis

- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a long-term (chronic) disease that affects joints in the body. In RA, the immune system doesn't work the way it should, and can attack healthy parts of the body. That is why RA is called an autoimmune disease. What Are the Symptoms? Symptoms such as joint pain and stiffness, and fatigue are common in RA. Can You Explain the Immune System to Me? The immune system is made up of organs and cells in the body that all work together to fight infections. White blood cells Your body makes white blood cells to fight infections. RA involves two types of white blood cells: B cells: B cells make a substance called rheumatoid factor (RF).

Cytokines Cytokines are messengers that tell the immune system what to do when fighting an infection. RA involves several types of cytokines: TNF: TNF is short for ‘tumor necrosis factor’. Rheumatoid Arthritis - Home.