Like everyone else with a serious diagnosis, I need to know more than the few words my doctor tells me. And like everyone else, I search the internet. The internet is jammed full of information. However, sorting through it can be a challenge. Some of the sites give the same standard information. Some of it is dated information. Some of it includes assumptions. Still, it is possible to find helpful, reliable sources. Here are some I find helpful.
Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center
will give you all the scientific information that you will need. http://www.hopkinsarthritis.org/arthritis-info/rheumatoid-arthritis/
The link: Rheumatoid Arthritis at the US National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library. Always a valid and helpful resource. ￼
A community support site that relates the experiences of those with RA, offers a great deal of helpful information, and current discussions on RA. It is a big site and well worth a visit. Kelly Young is the author. Visit the RA Warrior at http://rawarrior.com/
This is an amazingly helpful site. It is full of information that is practical and useful. Visit at http://www.webmd.com/rheumatoid-arthritis/
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and skin diseases-the link: Rheumatoid arthritis
This is a helpful site under the U S Department of Health and Human Services. It is a resource for current news also. Visit at http://www.niams.nih.gov/health_info/rheumatic_disease/
Chat rooms and patient comments
When I want to know what other people are feeling, I visit chat rooms, patient reviews. Real life insights can be illuminating.
I love visiting RA chat rooms. There are a few supportive and helpful RA groups on FB, RA Chicks, Squeaky Joints, and RA & Intimacy, that I enjoy being a part of. It helps to meet others who have the same illness as you do.