Let’s face it; arthritis can cause unimaginable physical pain on a daily basis. Perhaps the only thing even more painful is the feeling going through that struggle alone.
As it turns out, no one who suffers from arthritis needs to feel as if they’re on their own island. There are several great blogs that offer information about arthritis, medication information, tips for dealing with the pain and even moral support. Below are 20 of the best.
Angela Lundberg created the Inflamed: Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis in 2007 to share the personal feelings and frustrations she had from living with rheumatoid arthritis. This personal diary-style blog has gained a loyal following since then, as other suffers of RA find resonance in Lundberg’s honest approach to what it’s like to live with this condition.
Blog author Wren has had rheumatoid arthritis for close to 28 years, and she started writing about what she was going through back in 2009. The RheumaBlog offers advice, guidance and overall support for those with RA.
Katie Stewart Vents About RA
Katie Stewart (KStew) was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at 23 and is using her blog to share her passion for arthritis research. She’s currently the membership chair for the Arthritis Foundation Associate Board.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior
After she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2006, Kelly Young dedicated herself to learning everything she could about the condition. Her Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior blog aims to provide readers with the necessary information and encouraging words to help arthritis patients find their best possible lives, elevate rheumatoid arthritis awareness, correct common misconceptions and share patient stories.
From This Point. Forward.
Mariah Leach was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when she was a law student in 2008 and created the From This Point. Forward. blog to help her start living her new life a day at a time. The blog chronicles Leach’s adjustments to life with RA by always trying to look forward. Here, you’ll find tips, stories and a “Facing Forward” series that tells the tales other people with arthritis or other invisible chronic conditions.
CreakyJoints was founded Seth Ginsberg, an arthritis patient, and entrepreneur Louis Tharp in 1999. The idea came when Ginsberg was in his dormroom freshman year wondering where to find other people going through what he was. CreakyJoints, part of the non-profit Global Health Living Foundation, offers support, updates and education and the longest running arthritis newsletter, the CJ News.
It’s Just a Bad Day
Julie Cerrone shares her experience of living with psoriatic arthritis at It’s Just a Bad Day in hopes of bringing hope and inspiration to others with the ailment. Blog posts include tips on how she manages her psoriatic arthritis and for dating when you have a chronic condition. Cerrone also offers health coaching on her professional site.
The Arthritis National Research Foundation’s goal is simple: help scientists come up with new ways to cure arthritis along with similar ailments in the autoimmune category. The organization’s blog covers arthritis suffers’ stories, scientific articles such as how DNA plays into causing arthritis, and companies raising funds for arthritis research.
Physicians, patient advocates and healthcare experts all contribute to RhematoidArthritis.net. The site also welcomes contributions from anyone affected by RA. Topics covered include treatments, exercise, symptoms and diet and nutrition.
All Flared Up
Rather than keep her feelings bottled up, rheumatoid arthritis sufferer Amanda opted to create her own blog to document her experiences with RA, which range from painful to funny. Amanda chronicles her workout experiences, dealing with insomnia, the importance of listening to your body and more.
Originally intended to be a purely informational site for patients to learn about rheumatoid arthritis, (Infinity)itis is now an informational website and personal blog space. Blog author “Warm Socks” covers and writes about a variety of topics for the site, including the merits of pain medication, how RA is a risk for osteoporosis, and tips on how to avoid flare-ups.
Hosted by Carla Kienast, Carla’s Corner touches on a number of topics, but the blog’s main focus in on rheumatoid arthritis and similar health issues. Kienast was diagnosed with RA in 2008, but she points out that she has RA and not the other way around. The blog chronicles her weight loss efforts, living well with RA, and how to stick with New Year’s resolutions.
An Attitude of Gratitude
Julie Faulds shares her account of having rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia and the daily challenges that come with it at An Attitude of Gratitude, which chronicles the steps Faulds is taking to appreciate all that is great in life in spite of her condition. Posts touch on matters such as being thankful for what you have (being able to make it to work and being able to pay bills, for example) and deciding how to spend an off day after a busy stretch.
The RA Guy blog is a first-person account of someone who suffers from Rheumatoid Arthritis. The posts are very honest about the trials that come from having RA — The RA Guy admits to feeling as if he hit rock bottom last year. Another posts, a must-read, discusses how he deals with the sometimes-annoying reactions from others to his condition (“It’s all in your head”). The RA Guy also collects donations for the RA Guy Foundation.
After she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, among other ailments, Arthritic Chick put this blog together in hopes of connecting with others who are going through the same. The Arthritic Chick blog chronicles her life, the pain she deals with, her other struggles with arthritis, and the people she’s met on this journey.
The Arthritis Foundation supplies its community with just about anything its members need to fight arthritis. The organization’s blog provides a wealth of information for arthritis sufferers, including: Tips for using a treadmill, feature stories, and informative pieces that cover things such as the benefits of berries.
City Girl Flare
City Girl Flare blog owner Lori-Ann Holbrook was diagnosed with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis in 2012. Her Day in the Life-style blog discusses how she manages every situations such as adapting to a new medication or just having a tough time with her commute to work. She’s also used her experience on the topic to contribute to other sites such as Health Central.
Arthritis Introspective supports young and middle-aged arthritis patients in their fight against the disease by providing education, by providing access to support groups, and by helping them find their feelings of empowerment. Some of the best education comes from the organization’s blog. Other posts spotlight the group’s outreach specialists or touch on topics such as how to ask for help after an operation, handling pain and recipes that promote heart health.
The Girl with Arthritis
Elizabeth is a teen with juvenile psoriatic arthritis, which she refers to as “Arthur.” She writes her blog because she hopes others who are going through the same as her can relate. Elizabeth takes an honest approach to her struggle: She’s written about the hurt she feels when she’s left behind in a group when no one will hang back with her, or how she reacts to certain medications.