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    1. Weight Loss Strategies to Help Ease Osteoarthritis Pain

      It makes perfect sense if you think about it: carting around extra weight in your middle, for example, places a burden on your knees and hips. And study after study shows that this extra stress can put you at risk for developing osteoarthritis (OA), the wear-and-tear form of the disease. Being overw

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    2. Raising a Baby When You Have RA

      Amy Louise Nelson, 34, relied on her Boppy support pillow while nursing her two children. While many new moms find comfort with this fluffy U-shaped pillow when breastfeeding, Nelson physically depended on hers to take the strain off her arms. Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in 1998, this m

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    3. RA and Exercise: Getting Fit at Home and With Your Family

      When Melinda Winner was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), she was overwhelmed by depression. “I laid around the house eating,” says Winner, now the author of A Complete Guide to Living with Arthritis . “The more I laid, the more depressed I became, and the bigger I became, and with the weigh

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    4. Sex, Aging, and Rheumatoid Arthritis

      Some women with rheumatoid arthritis sail through menopause without a care while others experience a full menu of menopause symptoms: hot flashes, insomnia, mood swings, weight gain. Menopause can also increase symptoms of RA, such as joint pain and fatigue. There is actually a slight rise in new di

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    5. WebMD Fibromyalgia Community: Do I Have Fibromyalgia? Misdiagnosed?

      One member of WebMD’s fibromyalgia community wonders if it's possible that she has been misdiagnosed with fibromyalgia. “My pain is centered in my lower back. I was under the impression that fibromyalgia affects the whole body,” she says. She has back spasms and can’t sit for an extended amount of t

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    6. WebMD Fibromyalgia Community: Fatigue and Fibromyalgia -- A Sleep Test Can Help

      Fatigue that doesn’t go away is one of the most common fibromyalgia symptoms. In many cases, people with fibromyalgia wake up feeling more tired than when they went to bed. This was the case for one member of WebMD’s fibromyalgia community. She decided to have a sleep study to find out if sleep apne

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    7. Moms With RA: Helping Your Family Understand Pain

      When Keri Cawthorne was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis last year, one of her biggest concerns was how it would affect her 10-year-old daughter. “She watched me go through all the emotions. I wasn’t dying, I didn’t have cancer, but it was a hard one to take,” says Cawthorne, a fitness instructor

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    8. 5 Things RA Can Teach Your Kids

      That doesn't sound right, does it? The last thing rheumatoid arthritis does is help anyone, least of all you as a parent or your kids, right? Some days RA can keep you from doing all the things you’d like to do. It makes it harder to open a jar of baby food, braid hair, or play catch. But moms with

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    9. 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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    10. 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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