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  1. Why Yoga Can Be Good for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Regular exercise is a must when you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA). "It's important to keep muscles strong to support the joints, and movement is important to reduce stiffness," says Susan J. Bartlett, PhD, an associate professor of medicine at McGill University in Montreal. Yoga can be a fun altern

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  2. Stress and RA: How to Stay in Control

    Hilary Wilson of Duluth, Ga., now 60, was officially diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis or RA in 1987, but she is pretty sure she had the inflammatory arthritis long before that. RA is a chronic disease, marked by inflammation of the lining of the joints. It can lead to chronic joint pain, loss of

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  3. Rheumatoid Arthritis: Best and Worst Supplements and Herbs

    At 35, Chicago flight attendant Michele Mason says her bones felt like “pins and needles” were in them, and her hands were so swollen that she found it difficult to put on her infant son’s socks. Her knees ached, too. “I couldn’t even get out of the bathtub by myself,” she says. When her doctor susp

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  4. RA, Smoking, and Alcohol

    You already know that smoking is bad for you and that it's unhealthy to drink too much alcohol. But do you know how tobacco and alcohol relate to rheumatoid arthritis -- your odds of developing RA, or, if you already have RA, your odds of making it worse? Here's what the research shows. Smoking may

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  5. Complementary Treatments for RA: Acupuncture to Yoga

    Looking for new ways to soothe your stiff joints and other rheumatoid arthritis symptoms? Therapies like acupuncture, massage, or tai chi could help. About two out of three people with RA try these kinds of treatments, known as complementary therapies. Complementary therapies may help ease your pain

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  6. Tips to Fend Off RA Fatigue

    If you have rheumatoid arthritis, you know what fatigue means. Your friends and family might think you're just tired, but that doesn't come close. You may not be able to get rid of RA fatigue entirely. But you can prevent or lessen it  and have more energy to enjoy life. Here's how. Rest is key to m

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Talking About RA: Who Will You Tell, and How?

    You may be the one who has rheumatoid arthritis, but it's going to touch a lot of other people in your life -- your spouse, your kids, and your close friends. It could affect your boss and co-workers, too. Talking to people about your RA is important, but it can be frustrating. "Most people don't ha

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  10. Traveling Pain-Free With RA

    Traveling with rheumatoid arthritis is a little more complicated, but it doesn't have to be less fun. "There's no reason you can't travel just because you have RA," says Victoria Ruffing, RN, program manager at the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center in Baltimore. "You just need to take some extra precau

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