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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  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 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. How Stress and Fatigue Affect RA

    If you have rheumatoid arthritis, it’s important to learn ways to manage stress. “Chronic or intense stress seems to cause certain chemical reactions in the body that may increase inflammation,” says Patricia Katz, MD. She's a rheumatologist and professor of medicine at the University of California,

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  8. 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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  9. 7 Ways to Ease RA Depression

    It’s normal to feel a little overwhelmed when facing a long-term illness. With rheumatoid arthritis, the chances of being depressed are about double those of people who don’t have RA. More and more studies link depression and RA pain. The good news is that you can do a number of things to boost your

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  10. How to Handle RA at Work

    Years ago, a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis might've meant you had to drop out of the workforce. Today, drugs that treat RA can manage symptoms so well that you can keep right on working. Making small changes like these can also help.            Talk to your boss. Don’t be are afraid to ask for h

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