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Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Groups

Local Rheumatoid Arthritis support groups

The following are contacts for groups which meet in-person for RA or autoimmune arthritis support. Some of these Rheumatoid Arthritis support groups are affiliated with larger organizations. You should contact a group directly for more information about meeting times and places. Some meet regularly for coffee and others are more or less active than that.

The benefits of Local Rheumatoid Arthritis support groups

Meeting other people with similar experiences is always helpful. However, with a disease like RA, it is even more valuable. Imagine not having to explain how much it hurts or why you can’t do something or why you’re not better yet. Meeting members of a local Rheumatoid Arthritis support group is almost like meeting relatives at a family reunion!

Finding a Rheumatoid Arthritis support group

If you don’t see your location listed below, please check the comments page. Many people are leaving their names in comments, hoping to find others. Remember to use your email address if you click to Subscribe to Comments so any new replies will be sent to you automatically.

A new Rheumatoid Arthritis support group

If you are not finding local Rheumatoid Arthritis support in your area, maybe you can find one other person with RA and have coffee together. Together, the two of you make the beginning of a new group. Our friends at Arthritis Introspective would be glad to help you. Before you know it, you could be making an impact on the lives of others living with RA. Here is a link to receive their free training guide about being an independent support group facilitator.

If you begin a new group, you can announce it to other RA Warrior readers in the following ways: Send me an email so I can add you to this list and mention your group on Facebook and Twitter. Place a comment about your group on the comments page  here so that anyone who has subscribed to comments will hear about it.

Peter                                Phoenix, AZ
Kevin                                Tucson, AZ
Susan                                Tucson, AZ
Marilyn                              Indian Wells Valley, CA
Denise                              Orange County, CA
Melanie                             Irvine, CA
Jena                                 Santa Clarita Valley, CA
Rhea                                 Napa Valley, CA
Francine                           Santa Cruz, CA
Catherine                         Sacramento, CA
Lauren                              Thousand Oaks, CA
Haydee                             West Los Angeles, CA
Karen                                Jacksonville, FL
Kelly                                  Central Florida
Carol                                 Largo, FL
Elizabeth                          Atlanta area, GA
Diane                                Elgin, IL
Donna                               Louisville KY
Mary Kay & Tammy            St. Louis, MO
Karen                                 Boston, MA
Stephanie                          Lake Tahoe, NV
Missi                                  Schenectady, NY
Annette                             Dayton, OH
Angel                                 Oklahoma City, OK
Cate                                   Portland, OR
Mary                                   Southwest PA
Rose                                  Venango County, PA
Kate                                   Rapid City, SD
(New leader soon)             Houston, TX
Larissa                                Austin, TX
Nancy                                 Northern Vermont
Amy                                    Seattle, WA
(Restarting in near future) Milwaukee, WI

NOTE: If you would like to recommend another local RA support group for this list, please have the local group leader contact me directly. Thanks.

These are independent groups that we have listed for the benefit of readers. RA Warrior is not specifically affiliated with any of these groups. This list is alphabetical by state.

1,002 thoughts on “Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Groups

  • June 11, 2015 at 10:54 am
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    I am 73 and have had RA for years complicated by interstitial lung disease.I have an older sister living in Gravette, AR so your post caught my eye.

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  • July 7, 2015 at 9:17 pm
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    I’m not sure if I’m doing the right thing in commenting here.
    I live in Laguna Woods in So. Orange County Ca. I have severe
    RA and am 67 yrs old. I see the names of Denise and Melanie on the list for Orange County. Does this mean they run groups? I’m looking for a support group for people with RA
    or other autoimmune related diseases. I am in chronic pain
    and would like to meet other people who deal with this. I hope I hear from someone using this website.

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  • July 19, 2015 at 4:42 pm
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    Looking for a support group in CT. In Fairfield county or close by. Anyone interested?

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  • July 29, 2015 at 11:01 pm
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    My wife has RA and would like to talk with others in Lincoln. She is an interesting retired UNL Prof who likes working with her hands and is struggling with the physical and emotional pain. A recent diagnosis. Thanks. Kent

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  • July 30, 2015 at 12:23 am
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    I just found this site and it’s great, but I’m sad to see there aren’t any posts in 2015. It’s so hard to be a warrior when there is no one to talk to about what you’re going through. I have a great RA Dr here in Boise,Idaho, but no emotional support. They don’t seem to be into support groups here. How do I know if I get a response? I didn’t see anything to mark to indicate that I would like to be notified.

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  • July 30, 2015 at 6:00 pm
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    Fort Smith Arkansas anyone?

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  • August 9, 2015 at 1:47 pm
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    Hello everyone

    I feel for everyone in this group about the pains of RA.
    I have felt pain for over 26 years and only in the past 2 years have I began to feel better. Now that I have found something to make me feel better from pain I want to tell the world.

    Message me at (204) 999-1237 or email me at ross.mymoringa@gmail.com

    Let’s talk

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  • August 12, 2015 at 12:39 pm
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    Looking for others with RA in New Jersey – Monmouth County and surrounding areas. I am 46, and was diagnosed with RA last week. It would be wonderful to meet others going through the same thing. Thank you. 🙂

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  • August 17, 2015 at 10:37 pm
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    I’m needing to find a support group for RA in Shreveport, LA for my Mom. This culprit has just about caused her to surrender to it. She is 78 years old. I need someone who can better understand her pain to encourage her not to give in to the pain.

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  • August 29, 2015 at 2:29 pm
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    Looking to join an RA group in the Detroit, Michigan area.

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  • August 31, 2015 at 4:41 am
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    Does anyone know of a support group in Northern Virginia or the MD/VA/DC area?
    thanks!
    Roberta

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  • September 9, 2015 at 1:38 am
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    Looking for someone in the inland empire. I’d like to see if I can find anyone else with similar issues.

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  • September 11, 2015 at 9:41 am
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    I need to know how to contact Cate fr Portland, Or to see if there is still a support group that meets in person and if so, where? I’m unable to email her by clicking on her name on the RA Support Group page, am I doing something wrong? Feel free to give her my email address if possible.

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  • September 13, 2015 at 10:52 am
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    I have a question. Randomly I experience, and have for years, episodes that mimic flue. Chills that shake my entire body, pain and also some shortness of breath. Just feel like someone used me up and threw me away after episode subsides. The older I get the worse they are. Is this from my RA? And if so, can they be avoided or lessened? I have had RA and Lupus for years but was misdiagnosed for at least 30 years.

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  • September 21, 2015 at 12:34 pm
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    I’m looking for a support group for my wife in Gilbert Az area? My wife was diagnosed with RA about a year ago and has been going through different medications. We would appreciate any information. Thank you.

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  • September 28, 2015 at 5:28 pm
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    I haven’t found anyone in my area, would be very willing to help get one started. I was diagnosed with RA 3yrs ago. I live in Coeurd’Alene, ID.

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  • October 20, 2015 at 1:00 am
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    Hi, I live in south san jose. Struggling with RA & looking for a support group, preferably online. Mobility is an issue at the moment.

    Look forward to some sunshine!

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  • October 22, 2015 at 9:45 pm
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    Looking for a RA support group in the Cincinnati area.

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  • October 25, 2015 at 8:19 pm
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    Help! I live in San Diego, North County area and would love to find a support group nearby. Just having some people who understand how this feels and are available to talk about it now and then would be so helpful! Thank you!

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  • November 20, 2015 at 12:56 am
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    Looking for a support group in Fresno or Clovis CA.

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  • November 30, 2015 at 11:26 pm
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    please help me find a RA support group in the sacramento area. My name it Bonnie and my phone number is 916 796-5058.

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  • December 9, 2015 at 1:39 am
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    Anyone in Dover,DE area, or eastern MD, could really use some support.

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  • January 15, 2016 at 7:04 pm
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    Hello everyone! Is there any group or interest in forming a group in central/northern Palm Beach County, Florida?
    Thank you,

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  • January 18, 2016 at 8:25 pm
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    Hello there!
    My name is Cindy and I was diagnosed with RA about 2 years ago. I’m looking for a support group (or willing to start one if necessary!) in metro the Atlanta Georgia area, preferably northside, meaning Cumming, Alpharetta, Roswell, Suwannee or Duluth. Let’s connect and support one another!

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  • January 20, 2016 at 11:03 am
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    I’m 24 and I’m having difficulty emotionally handling my RA. I’m looking for support in western Massachusetts. I don’t have anyone I can talk to about the frustrations and pain during my bad days and would love to have someone I can talk to.

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  • January 20, 2016 at 4:44 pm
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    Anyone out there near Baltimore Maryland??

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  • January 20, 2016 at 4:54 pm
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    Anyone from the North Dartmouth/New Bedford/Fallriver, MA area? I’m 20 years old and have been diagnosed with RA for 2 years now and I’ve finally decided to look for a support group.

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  • January 26, 2016 at 11:08 am
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    Wondered if there are any in-person support groups in Northern NI. ?

    Thx, Leith

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  • February 3, 2016 at 11:18 pm
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    I do not know where this goes. I’signed up with you guys on and off through inception but always stop because I can not find any support or encouragement or help. Most are looking for help living with ra. I have not lived in years. I am just surviving. It is depressing for me to hear of others with ra living. I am “severe progressive” full body involvement…including pancreaes, lungs, heart, and not one single joint untouched. Even in my ear canal, sterno clavicular joint. Every part of me. Now days it has even stolen my soul.
    Today, I just wanted someone to hear me say…I’m tired. I can’t do this anymore. 30+ years with this hell.I am only 54 but appear 70s…dmards never worked, biologics neither even though I can not take them any more. Too many surgeries too much risk.
    The hardware in my body…ridiculous. The pain…I can’t even give it worthy descriptions.
    The doctors are so full of themselves.
    I am tired. I am finished being alive with this. Not living.

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  • February 13, 2016 at 12:28 am
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    Is there anyone in Roanoke VA?

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  • February 17, 2016 at 5:44 pm
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    Hello! I was recently diagnosed with RD, anyone in the Bowling Green Kentucky area?!

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  • February 19, 2016 at 1:39 am
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    The link to Arthritis Introspective on becoming a support group leader…to create meetups for RA people to “go Bowling?” as the first suggestion of things to do? Insulting. Another smiling, enthusiastic, white, athletic stereotype. If I could go bowling I wouldn’t need a support group.

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  • February 20, 2016 at 4:23 pm
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    I I’m looking for a rheumatoid arthritis group in Orange County. I live in Lake Forest but can travel a bit. Any responses would be so greatly appreciated

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  • February 20, 2016 at 4:37 pm
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    Anyone in Lake Forest California or the surrounding areas? Please contact Carol BBY @ msn.com

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  • March 6, 2016 at 8:21 am
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    Anyone in Rhode Island? I am in North Kingstown….

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  • March 23, 2016 at 12:40 pm
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    Hello
    Hoping to find a support group in Sacramento,Ca

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  • April 3, 2016 at 11:21 am
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    Hi I live in West Palm Beach Fl. Looking for a support group.

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  • April 4, 2016 at 4:27 pm
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    Hi, I’m waiting for the Houston leader to contact me. when do you think you will have one? Thanks!

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  • April 6, 2016 at 3:25 pm
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    I have had this stuff for years, and yet I have never been to a Rheumatologist. I have been afraid of the medicine, and I have only been to a naturpath. My RA is getting worse, and on top of that I have hashimotos. I wonder if anyone out there is in Hermiston, Oregon. I am really struggling. Thankyou.

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  • April 7, 2016 at 11:21 am
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    Anyone or group in Lubbock Texas?

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    • April 18, 2019 at 6:49 pm
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      I’m in lubbock. Just got diagnosed with ra in February. Havent been anle to find a group here.

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  • April 12, 2016 at 7:20 pm
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    Anyone know of any support groups in D.C.?

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  • April 19, 2016 at 8:34 pm
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    Hi Marcella, I hope you still get this mail. My name is Lynn and I have RA. I’m 48 with 3 young kids. I suffer every day lately. I think I might suffer from chronic fatigue as well. My husband is very supportive but I have gone downhill so fast and have disabling fatigue along with aches and pains. I would love to be able to talk to someone who really gets it.

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  • April 19, 2016 at 11:42 pm
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    Hi I am 29 years old and I had ra since I was 15 years old. I have a 7 year old daughter and love alone with her. Family and friends think I would benifit from joining a ra group. I never talk about this with anyone because I feel everyone has there own problems why would u want to hear mines.so I go on day by day in pain not talking to anyone pretinding everything is ok when it’s not. I also love in rochester ny, anyone live nearby.

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  • April 20, 2016 at 10:37 am
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    I have been recently diagnosed with RA November of 2015, and am looking for a support group to join. I live in River Forest, Illinois a mile and a half west of Chicago adjacent to Oak Park. Would appreciate joining or helping to start one locally. (thank you for this web site)

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  • April 20, 2016 at 12:03 pm
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    I am 28 years old and was just diagnosed with RA. I honestly do not know what/how to feel about it. I live in the Bakersfield, CA area and it would be nice to communicate with people that are going through the same situation.

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  • April 21, 2016 at 12:27 pm
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    I live in Panama City Beach, FL looking for someone or group that would like to get together once a month. I can be found on FB and you can IM me at Kelly Guillory’s.

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  • April 24, 2016 at 9:14 pm
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    I would like to start an RA support group in my area which is eureka ca. The group can meet at my house. There currently is no support group in this area. If interested please email me at arnellma50@gmail.com

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  • April 25, 2016 at 1:30 pm
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    I live on Long Island – don’t see any RA Support Groups here. Does anyone know of one?

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  • May 4, 2016 at 6:47 pm
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    Hello. My name is Kortney and I live in Columbus, Ohio. I was diagnosed with JRA when I was 18 months old. I am now 35 and facing multiple joint replacements over the next few years. I would love to find someone to talk to in the Central Ohio area. Though I am blessed with supportive friends and family, I can’t help but feel alone at times. Thank you and please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need to talk 🙂

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  • May 5, 2016 at 6:25 pm
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    I live in St. Peter’s, Mo and would like to find a support group near me

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