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  1. Psoriatic Arthritis: Getting the Diagnosis

    If you are one of the 7 million people in the United States who have the skin condition psoriasis, you should know the signs and symptoms of psoriatic arthritis. As many as 20% to 30% of people with psoriasis also have psoriatic arthritis. We don’t completely understand the causes of psoriasis and p

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  2. At-Home Skin and Joint Care for Psoriatic Arthritis

    There’s a lot you can do to take care of your skin and joints. You take your medicine and keep up with your doctor’s advice, of course.  Add these simple ideas to your daily routine as some easy at-home TLC. Moisturize. "Dry, cracked skin is easily injured and it can cause the psoriasis to pop up,"

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  3. 9 Tips to Help Manage Psoriatic Arthritis

    The best way to take care of your psoriatic arthritis is to get the best of both worlds: medical care from your doctor and lifestyle habits. The little things you do every day add up to make a difference in how you feel, emotionally and physically. Get started today with these nine ideas. 1. Connect

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  4. 5 Things People With RA Want You to Know

    Rheumatoid arthritis is often called a “silent disease.” Why? Unlike many other illnesses, you can’t always tell when a person with RA is feeling their worst. That’s just one of the things people with the condition want you to know, whether you’re newly diagnosed with RA or someone close to you has

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  5. Autoimmune Diseases and RA

    You might be surprised by some of RA's "cousins," like type 1 diabetes, Graves’ disease, and multiple sclerosis. They all have roots in the same family tree -- problems with the immune system. Or, as your doctor may say, they’re "autoimmune diseases." These happen when your body's defense system goe

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  6. 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 may even mean less pain. To get started, ask your rheumatologist for a referral. She may have a physical therapist that she often works with. You can also

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  7. RA Treatments: What Are Your Options?

    When you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), your body’s immune system attacks your joints and organs. Not only could it cause serious joint damage, it might also raise your risk of other problems like heart disease. That’s why it’s important to diagnose your RA early so you can begin treatment as soon

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  8. Beyond the Back

    Most people with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) know about back pain. But other areas of your body can swell and hurt, too. That’s what happened to 23-year-old Stefanie Gomez. When she was 15 -- before she ever had back pain -- the joints in her toe, ankle, and knee swelled up. They became red, warm, a

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  9. How to Get Ankylosing Spondylitis Support

    When Shannon Coleman was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis (AS), she was surprised by how hard the condition hit her. “I’d had issues with my back for more than 10 years before I finally got a diagnosis in May 2014,” she says. “I thought I’d be prepared because I work in the health care field --

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  10. 10 RA Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

    If you have rheumatoid arthritis, you’re familiar with painful, swollen joints. There are other symptoms to watch for, though. RA can affect any part of your body, from your eyes to your heart to your toes.  Also, newer drugs called biologics often have serious side effects. The big upside to these

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