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    1. Should You Have Knee or Hip Replacement Surgery?

      Joint replacement used to be called "high-tech," but it's now a common operation. Doctors replace more than a million hips and knees each year in the U.S., and studies show the surgeries ease pain for most folks and help them get around better. "Joint replacement can be a life-changing procedure for

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    2. How to Handle Rheumatoid Arthritis at Work

      Your rheumatoid arthritis (RA) doesn't have to stand in the way of a satisfying career. The right office set-up, helpful gadgets and tools, and support from your manager are some of the key ingredients to success on the job. "I was diagnosed with RA when I was 26, and I have always worked full-time,

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    3. Tips for a Happy Home Life When You've Got RA

      On most days, Deb Constien of Sun Prairie, WI, stays on top of her household chores. She preps meals, cleans, and does laundry. But when her rheumatoid arthritis (RA) flares up, it's time to call in some back-up. Her husband and 17-year-old son pitch in. "Over the years, our family learned how to wo

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    4. How Physical Therapy Helps RA

      You can make your day-to-day life with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) easier by going to physical therapy. It helps you move better, get stronger, and maybe even have less pain. To get started, ask your rheumatologist for a referral. She may have a physical therapist that she often works with. You can al

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    5. How to Beat Morning Pain From Rheumatoid Arthritis

      Kelly Clayton usually sets her alarm clock so she's got an extra 45 minutes to get ready for her day. No, she's not a habitual snooze-button presser. Clayton, a 37-year-old PhD student in Rockton, IL, has rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The early wake-up is part of her strategy to curb the extra stiffnes

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    6. Your Rheumatoid Arthritis When the Season Changes

      You can't change the weather, but if your rheumatoid arthritis acts up when it's cold and rainy, there's a lot you can do ease stiffness and pain. Pittsburgh resident Ashley Boynes-Shuck knows the issue firsthand. The 32-year-old author has RA, and when the weather shifts gears, it tends to flare up

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    7. Stay Active With RA and Keep Up the Fun

      Rheumatoid arthritis flares can be hard to predict, but you don't have to let them mess with your plans. Whether you're about to get on a plane or meet friends at a restaurant, the right prep can smooth the way for a good time. Ask your doctor about vaccinations. If you're headed to another country,

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    8. How to Do Household Chores When You Have RA

      Home tasks don't have to be a struggle when you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Tweak your cooking and clean-up style -- and make good use of helpful gadgets -- and you'll be back in charge of your home again. "We don't realize the constant strain we put on our joints," said Sherry Muir, PhD, an ass

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    9. How to Talk to Others About Your RA

      Your relationships will get a boost when you open up to your friends and family about the ways rheumatoid arthritis affects you. A little straight talk helps folks understand just what you're going through. "People are not going to know about rheumatoid arthritis like other more common conditions su

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    10. Should You Have Hip Replacement Surgery?

      More than 300,000 people have complete hip replacement surgeries in the U.S. every year. About 90% of them feel better and can get back to normal activities months, or even weeks, after the operation. "The happiest patients you have are total hip replacement patients," says orthopedic surgeon Claude

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