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  1. Living With Lupus: Lenaki's Story

    I had always been an athletic, healthy person, but in my late 30s my body started sending signals that something was wrong. I was tired all the time. I had no energy. I even started losing my hair. When I went to my doctor, the staff ran blood tests, but nothing ever pointed to a specific diagnosis.

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  2. Beyond Arthritis: Hip and Knee Replacements for Women

    If your mother or grandmother had a knee or hip replacement, the odds are good she was in her late 60s or 70s when she opted for the surgery, and it was a "last resort" decision -- either get a new knee or start using a cane or a wheelchair. That's not today's joint replacement surgery. With the bab

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  3. Hip and Knee Replacements on the Rise

    Thinking about getting a new knee or a new hip next year? You're not alone. For baby boomers, it seems that joint replacements are as prevalent as iPods are for teenagers. About 500,000 knee replacements and more than 175,000 hip replacements are performed annually, and those numbers are on the rise

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  4. Understanding Arthritis Painkillers

    When you have arthritis pain, you need relief. But with so many warnings in the news about painkillers, it's hard to know the best choice. Many medications that ease arthritis pain have the potential for health risks, including increased risk for heart attack, stomach problems, or infections. You ha

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  5. When Aches & Pain Disrupt Sleep

    Aches and pains give everyone a sleepless night now and then. It doesn't take much -- a pulled muscle from an overenthusiastic workout or an afternoon spent helping a friend move furniture. Next thing you know, you're lying in bed at 3 a.m., staring at the ceiling above your bed, aching, and praying

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  6. Osteoarthritis Treatment Now

    While there's no cure for osteoarthritis , you can still do much to relieve pain and stay active. Your osteoarthritis treatment will depend on several factors, including the severity of your pain -- and how much it affects your everyday activities. Osteoarthritis often progresses slowly, with period

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  7. All About Osteoarthritis and Women

    If you've just been diagnosed with osteoarthritis (OA), you're not alone. Many women past age 50 discover OA is the reason for their creaking knees, aching backs, and sore fingers. Suddenly life is all about osteoarthritis -- but luckily, arthritis doesn't have to take control. Arthritis is "the mos

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  8. Nutrition for Strength

    We've all heard the old adage "you are what you eat" -- and it's never as true as when you are feeling under the weather. During these times, what you eat and when you eat it can preserve strength, boost immunity, and help you feel better -- quicker. But for people battling arthritis, cancer, depres

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  9. How to Handle High-Tech Hand Injuries

    In a recent New Yorker cartoon, two dogs sit discussing the strangeness of humans. "It's just a theory," says one, "but perhaps it's their opposable thumbs that make them crazy." That's not a bad theory. Thumb problems are indeed making some people crazy these days, especially people who spend hours

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  10. Living With Fibromyalgia

    Before my fibromyalgia got as bad as it is now, I used to be an outdoorsy person. Now, even though I'm only 37, there are many days when I can't walk without a cane and times when migraines hit me so badly that I can't get out of bed. I've always had a very low pain threshold and problems sleeping.

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