Struggling with RA pain

Your RA Story

When you have rheumatoid arthritis, there are certain things you have to accept. But you shouldn’t have to feel like every day revolves around your disease. Struggling with basic daily activities is more than just a hassle. It can start to affect how you see yourself and how you interact with family and friends.

That’s why it’s important to understand as much as you can about your condition, your symptoms and how to have a productive conversation with your rheumatologist. The better you understand each other, the more confident you’ll be that you and your doctor have chosen the best approach to managing your RA.

You shouldn’t have to get by with lingering RA pain. And if you are, now is the time to start taking a more active role in managing your RA.
If you’re struggling with lingering RA pain, now is the time to start taking a more active role in managing your RA.

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Your Way Forward

When you’re dealing with RA pain, one of the best things you can do is to talk to your rheumatologist. And there are things you can do to make sure you’re both on the same page. Understanding how to describe your rheumatoid arthritis symptoms in a way that’s meaningful for both of you will help your doctor determine if you’re on the right treatment.

Your rheumatologist needs to know how pain and swelling affect you over time. Talk about your symptoms—and choose an everyday activity for reference. For example, if you used to be able to play on the floor with your kids, and you no longer can, tell your doctor. This information can help you and your rheumatologist figure out how your current treatment plan is working for you.

Did You Know?

Doctors tend to focus on 
objective measures, like 
your number of swollen 
joints. So be specific 
about your symptoms. 
Say how often you have 
pain or how long your morning stiffness lasts. 


Discussing RA Symptoms
Don’t just tell your rheumatologist how you’re feeling today—talk about how your symptoms have changed since you were first diagnosed. Every appointment is a chance to help your doctor understand what feeling good means to you.

The RethinKit includes valuable 
insights and support to prepare 
you for talking to your doctor.


Your Action Plan

If you’ve been dealing with rheumatoid arthritis for a while, you’ve probably had plenty of discussions about it with your doctor. But if you’re still struggling with RA pain, it might be time to have a different conversation. After all, there could be other treatment options that you may want to consider.

Conversation Tip:

Remember to ask 
your doctor how you’re 
doing on clinical tests, 
and what the results 
mean for your treatment.


Knowing how to talk about your RA leads to better conversations with your doctor. Two key things to consider as you look toward your next appointment are:

  • Try to find common ground.
  • Be open to communicating differently.

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