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  1. Rheumatoid Arthritis, Work, and Disability

    Nancy Hardin, age 71, of Dyersburg, Tenn., was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) 11 years ago. A few months after her diagnosis, she quit her teaching job at a local high school because she could barely walk. Then she started taking the biologic drug Remicade and became nearly symptom-free. N

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  2. Rheumatoid Arthritis and Sex

    Your sex life (or the lack of one) is probably not high on the list of topics when you're discussing your rheumatoid arthritis (RA) with your doctor. Even if you didn't have a ton of other topics to talk about, such as side effects of your medicines, morning stiffness and pain, and that promising ne

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  3. Assistive Devices: Living Better With Arthritis

    Eyeglasses, bottle openers, pliers -- we use dozens of assistive devices every day; without them there's a lot we couldn't do. So when rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or another condition puts the brakes on what you do, why not expand your tool set to include a few helpful devices that make it

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  4. Hand Exercises for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    You need your hands to cook, clean, type, and do just about everything else. But you probably don’t think much about how important manual dexterity is unless you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or another type of arthritis that attacks your hand and finger joints. RA is a disease in which the body's

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  5. Expert Answers to Top Questions About Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Whether you have just been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or have been living with this autoimmune disease for years, you no doubt have many questions and concerns. To help you get up to speed on the best ways to manage your RA today and for years to come, we took your top questions to rhe

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  6. Eduardo Xol on Life, Balance, and His Sister’s Lupus

    Landscaper/designer Eduardo Xol of the popular TV show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is all about balance: finding it for his own life and bringing it to the people he designs for. His second book, Extreme Entertaining Made Simple, in bookstores Nov. 4, communicates this reassuring philosophy. “I d

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  7. How Rheumatoid Arthritis Affects Your Life

    Rheumatoid arthritis most often strikes between ages 30 and 40, when most people have a lot of living to do. Daily life and future plans suddenly have to include a chronic illness that's as unwelcome as it is unpredictable. "Being diagnosed with RA is a life-changing experience," says Scott Zashin,

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  8. Rheumatoid Arthritis: Keeping a Positive Outlook

    The stress of waging a constant health battle can get to you. Day after day, week after week. It's easy to get down, depressed. Just ask Carla Guillory. She's become an expert at what psychiatrists call realistic optimism -- reining in your thoughts, keeping fears and negativity at bay. It's been Gu

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  9. Diet and Rheumatoid Arthritis: How to Fix Fast and Simple Meals

    Everyone wants to save time and energy in the kitchen. It's particularly important when aching joints from arthritis turn preparing a meal into a monumental task. We've put together some ideas for easy meals that take the strain off your hands and body and don't wear you out. At the same time, they

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  10. Exercise Can Ease Fibromyalgia Pain

    Fibromyalgia is so difficult to diagnose that it can take years before patients understand what’s making their bodies ache. When Lynn Matallana began noticing unexplained pain and fatigue in 1993 -- “pain in every part of my body, pain that felt like acid in my veins” -- it took her nearly two years

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