Follow along on our year-long guide to Rheumatoid Arthritis, an exploration of the latest recommendations and research on the diagnosis, treatment, management, and prevention of this inflammatory autoimmune condition. Each month will delve into another aspect, including warning signs, risk factors, and immune system triggers; management of pain, stiffness, swollen joints, and fatigue; medication options; reducing infection and other long-term risks; emotional, psychosocial, and reproductive/sexual health concerns; comorbidities; advising patients about self-care related to diet, exercise, and overall well-being to optimally live with the disease; special COVID-19 considerations; promising treatments in the pipeline; lessons learned from unique case studies, and more, all of which has undergone expert review. Every installment will include a downloadable, printable information resource for patients.
–At play in rheumatoid arthritis are autoantibodies, genetic factors, and environmental exposures
For Your Patients: What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
–The pattern of joint involvement in rheumatoid arthritis is key
For Your Patients: How Is Rheumatoid Arthritis Diagnosed?
–Focus on methotrexate, and here are other key considerations
For Your Patients: Starting Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis
–Diagnosis was challenging, but treatment was ultimately successful, authors related
–Targeting TNF, triple therapy, and questions about JAK inhibitors
For Your Patients: Beyond the First RA Treatments
–Disease risk is higher, and vaccines are crucial
For Your Patients: Special Concerns About COVID
–Optimizing fertility, contraception, and pregnancy outcomes
For Your Patients: Reproductive Health in RA
–Consider panniculitis in any patient who develop fever and erythema after taking abatacept, clinicians urge
–Risk for depression is particularly high, but help is available
For Your Patients: How to Cope With Rheumatoid Arthritis
–Risks are increased, and assessment remains challenging
For Your Patients: Heart Health in Rheumatoid Arthritis
–Emerging focus is on the fibroblast
–Current emphasis is on tapering therapy for patients in remission
For Your Patients: What to Expect When You Reach Remission