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  1. RA and Your Overall Health

    When people think of arthritis, they think of achy wrists and knees. But rheumatoid arthritis can be much more than that. "RA goes way beyond the joints," says M. Elaine Husni, MD, MPH, director of the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Center at the Cleveland Clinic. The inflammation of RA can affect yo

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  2. How Rheumatoid Arthritis Affects Pregnancy

    If you're pregnant or planning to be, you may wonder how having rheumatoid arthritis (RA) could affect your pregnancy. Here's some good news: Many women with RA find that their symptoms go into remission during pregnancy. What’s more, RA doesn't seem to affect your chances of getting or staying preg

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  3. How to Get in the Mood When You Have RA

    Sex is a part of life, and it’s no different if you have RA. Sex keeps you connected to your partner, and it releases endorphins that can help ease RA pain. The trick is to take a little extra care. RA can slow you down. These simple tips can help you get in the mood and make your sex life more fun.

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  4. Arthritis Medicines: Finding the Best Fit for You

    Living with rheumatoid arthritis usually means taking medication. The great news is that RA drugs have come a long way. "Treatments are working better than we could have imagined 15 years ago," says Clifton O. "Bing" Bingham, MD, director of the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center in Baltimore. Thanks to

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  5. Psoriatic Arthritis and Other Health Problems

    Psoriatic arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes pain and swelling in your joints. It sometimes comes along with psoriasis, a disease that affects the skin. It can also be linked with other serious conditions like obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. Although there’s no sure reason why thes

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  6. Treatments for Chronic Lyme Disease (PTLDS)

    A bite from a bacteria-infected tick causes Lyme disease. If you get the disease, you might have lingering symptoms. Some people have ongoing pain and fatigue, says Afton Hassett, PsyD, principal investigator at the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center at University of Michigan.  The continued s

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  7. Should You Have Hip Replacement Surgery?

    It hurts when you walk, when you get in and out of a chair, and when you lean over to put on your shoes. Your hip may even hurt when you're just sitting or lying down. More than 300,000 people have complete hip replacement surgeries in the U.S. every year. About 90% of them feel better and can get b

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  8. Should You Have Knee Replacement Surgery?

    If your knee hurts when you walk or get up from a chair, or it keeps you from doing daily activities, you might wonder: Is knee replacement surgery in your future? More than 700,000 complete knee replacements are performed in the U.S. every year. About 90% of people who have the surgery get major pa

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  9. Injectable Medications for Knee Osteoarthritis

    If you have knee osteoarthritis, doctors can offer a variety of treatments to relieve your symptoms. One option is to inject medication into your knee. There are different types of injections, and they're an important part of treating knee osteoarthritis for many people, says Roy Altman, MD, an oste

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  10. Should You Have Knee or Hip Replacement Surgery?

    Once considered high-tech, joint replacements are now a common operation. Surgeons replace more than a million hips and knees each year in the U.S. Studies show joint replacements can significantly relieve pain and increase mobility in about 90% of people who get them. "Joint replacement can be a li

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