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  1. Dealing With Osteoarthritis? Try WebMD's Joint-Friendly Walking Program

    The hardest part of starting an exercise program is, well ... getting started. This can be an especially daunting task if you have osteoarthritis (OA), the wear-and-tear form of arthritis which causes joint pain and loss of function for 27 million Americans. But "the more you move, the better you wi

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  2. Arthritis Pain, Intimacy, and Sex

    If you have arthritis, there are plenty of reasons why you might not feel like having sex. Painful or stiff joints and limited mobility may make sex seem more like a chore than a pleasure. You may feel self conscious about changes in your body. Or you may simply feel too fatigued at the end of the d

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  3. Could Losing Weight Ease Your Arthritis Pain?

    For 12 years, Robin Lutchansky spent most of her time in a wheelchair. The pain from her severe osteoarthritis, first diagnosed in her early 30s, made it difficult to walk more than short distances. Then, a little over three years ago, Lutchansky found her way to a pain management clinic that taught

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  4. Easing Stress, Easing Arthritis Symptoms

    Whether it’s a problem at work, relationship troubles, or just dealing with traffic, we all experience stress in our lives. But ongoing stress can take a toll on your health. It can also make any health condition that you have feel worse, including arthritis. When your body is under stress, it relea

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  5. Knee and Hip Exercises for Osteoarthritis

    The old slogan, “Move it or lose it,” applies especially to people with osteoarthritis. “Just like for anyone else, physical activity is important for overall health,” says Steffany Haaz, PhD, a health behaviorist at the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center. “But it’s even more important for people with a

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  6. Fibromyalgia and Diet

    If you have fibromyalgia, you've probably wondered if there are ways to modify your diet to improve symptoms such as fatigue and muscle pain. Research hasn't shown that there are specific foods that all fibromyalgia patients should avoid or add to their diets. But it may still be worthwhile to take

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  7. Keep Your Joints Healthy Every Day

    Living with osteoarthritis is a long-term proposition. It’s your job to stay active and keep your joints healthy so that you can do the things you want and need to do, as independently as you can, for as long as you can. “There’s nothing that I as a physician can do to slow the progression of osteoa

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  8. Fibromyalgia and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    Are irritable bowel syndrome and fibromyalgia connected? It's a question many people with these chronic conditions are asking. The answer could shed light on what causes these conditions. But that answer is proving difficult to get. Fibromyalgia is a common condition that causes painful muscles. The

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  9. Psoriatic Arthritis: Getting the Diagnosis

    If you are one of the 7 million people in the United States who have the skin condition psoriasis, you should know the signs and symptoms of psoriatic arthritis. As many as 40 percent of people with psoriasis also have psoriatic arthritis. We don’t completely understand the causes of psoriasis and p

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  10. Eat Right to Maintain Healthy Joints

    What you eat can help keep your joints and the bones that support them strong. Eating an anti-inflammatory diet will help your joints, says sports nutritionist Nancy Clark, author of Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook. “We want to go toward more natural, closer to the earth, and less-processed

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