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  1. Eating for 2: Your RA Pregnancy Diet

    Amy Louise Nelson, 34, packed on 50 pounds during her first pregnancy and 40 pounds during her second. While she was able to lose the weight rather quickly after she delivered, the extra pounds took a toll on her already damaged joints. Nelson, a stay-at-home mother in Rochester, Minn., was diagnose

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  2. Losing Pregnancy Weight When You've Got RA

    It can be hard to find the time and energy to exercise when you have a newborn at home. If you also have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and are having a flare, exercise may be the very last thing you feel like doing. RA is an autoimmune disease in which the body mistakenly attacks its own joints. RA tend

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  3. Fibromyalgia: Questions for and From Your Doctor

    When you have fibromyalgia, visits to the doctor can be confusing and frustrating as you search for answers and treatment for the many different fibromyalgia symptoms you may have. You may have many different symptoms and lots of questions. It can be hard to know how to address all your concerns in

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  4. Parenting With Lupus

    When you have lupus, taking care of yourself can be hard enough. If you're a parent — dealing with rheumatology appointments on top of dirty diapers and school bake sales — it may quickly become overwhelming for everyone. "A parent's lupus will have an impact on their kids," says Robert Katz, MD, a

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  5. Lupus Medications and Treatments

    Lupus -- also called systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE -- might not have a cure, but it's a highly treatable condition. Lupus medications can help lower long-term risks and keep symptoms under control. According to the Lupus Foundation of America, 80% to 90% of people with lupus can expect a norm

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  6. Lupus Fog and Memory Problems

    Lupus fog -- the forgetfulness and fuzzy-headed feeling that can come with lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE) – can be one of the most frustrating symptoms of the condition. The term lupus fog means more than memory problems. It also refers to cognitive difficulties, such as trouble helpin

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  7. Lupus and Sex: 8 Ways to Improve Your Sex Life

    When Adam Brown was diagnosed with lupus in 2007, he was afraid it would mean the end of his sex life. “Sex was definitely a big concern, especially since I was only 23,” he says. But Brown, now 26 and married, was relieved to find that wasn’t the case. “It was a little rough going at first, but my

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  8. Lupus on the Job: Your Rights and Responsibilities

    When you’re diagnosed with lupus, you may have many questions about how to handle your lupus at work. You may wonder how long you’ll be able to work. Or what to do if there are certain job functions you have difficulty doing. And you may worry about whether to tell your employer and coworkers that y

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  9. Fighting Lupus Fatigue and Boosting Energy

    Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of lupus. In fact, most people with lupus have fatigue at some point in their illness. “When lupus hit, it was like running into a wall at 80 mph,” says Ann S. Utterback, PhD, a broadcast voice specialist in Virginia who was diagnosed with lupus in 2006. “I

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  10. Finding Dr. Right for Your Fibromyalgia

    Not every doctor understands fibromyalgia well -- yet it's critical to find one who is up to date on the latest fibromyalgia treatment and research. Wherever you live, you'll have to do some research to find a health care provider who is the best fit for you. Here's the good news: "It's easier now t

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