What Can I Do to Keep Working With Rheumatoid Arthritis?

On the Job

If the pain is at a manageable level, NSAIDS like Ibuprofen or Aleve can help reduce inflammation and pain to ensure that you can make it through the workday.

However, if the RA pain is beyond a manageable level, talk to your doctor. He or she may be able to recommend a rheumatoid arthritis treatment for altering the movements that are causing you the most pain.

There may also be assistive devices that could help you lessen the pain in your joints while at work. Again, consult with your doctor to determine the best course of action for you and your arthritis.

Working at Home

Sometimes, due to RA pain or other issues, working in an office full-time is not the right fit for you. You can easily find jobs online that allow you to work from home, but there are a few things to keep in mind when looking for a job from home.

An ideal job is one with less strict deadlines so that one bad day will not affect your overall job performance. If the job does require strict deadlines, plan ahead so that if something does come up, you are able to still meet the deadline because you completed the task two or three days before it.

You also want a job that does not require standing or working for long stretches of time. The point of working from home is to give you the flexibility and tasks that will be easier to complete with the least amount of pain.


Self-employment is always an option as well, and can be a good one. Just be sure to keep a regular schedule so as to not get complacent. Use job can help you in your search, but keep an eye out for jobs that say “home-based,” “telecommute,” or “flexible.” Be sure you do your research as some jobs that advertise they are home-based may not be all they seem to be.


Just because you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis does not mean that you have to quit your job. Pain can be managed most of the time, and you can make certain accommodations for yourself to allow you to complete the task at hand without experiencing too much pain.


Arthritis Foundation (Work)

Mayo Clinic (Rheumatoid Arthritis)

Arthritis Foundation (Rheumatoid Arthritis)

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Apr 23, 2014
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