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  1. 8 Affordable Assistive Devices for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Need a little help sometimes? Maybe getting out of a chair, cooking a meal, or writing out a shopping list? You can make life with rheumatoid arthritis easier with a few handy helpers that don’t cost a lot. "People say that they don't want to use an assistive device because they don't want to feel d

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  2. 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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  3. Family Doubting RA

    A frustrated WebMD Community member writes that her family doesn't understand what she is going through with RA. They accuse her of being lazy on days when she has to sleep because the pain and fatigue are so bad. Sometimes when she talks about her symptoms, they tell her they think she is faking. O

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  4. Is Foggy-Headed a Symptom of RA?

    One WebMD Community member asks if being "foggy headed" is a symptom of RA. He asks if anyone else has experienced it along with rheumatoid arthritis. One member responded that perhaps he was feeling RA fatigue. People with RA often feel very tired, both physically and mentally. You can feel it day

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  5. Newly Diagnosed With RA

    After fighting joint pain, fevers, fatigue, and swelling, a WebMD Community member writes that she has just been diagnosed with RA. She says her hands and wrists hurt, her knees feel locked, and she can't put any weight on her elbows without feeling pain. She's scared and asks what to expect -- from

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  6. 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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  7. Caring for Your Joints at Home

    Just as the tread on your tires wears away over time, the cartilage that cushions your joints can wear away, too, in a condition known as osteoarthritis. And without enough cushioning, the bones of a joint will hurt when they rub against each other. Frayed cartilage can't heal or grow back. "There's

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  8. Joint Replacement: Risks vs. Benefits

    After a skiing injury 30 years ago, Bert Pepper, MD, got osteoarthritis in his left knee. "I stopped skiing and gave up tennis, running, and other sports that are tough on the knee," he says. "I turned to speed-walking to stay fit, but the knee kept me from walking at a good pace." As his pain got w

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  9. Rheumatoid Arthritis: Treatments

    Controlling inflammation is key to controlling rheumatoid arthritis (RA). “Inflammation is at the root of all problems in RA, including most of the joint pain and all of the swelling and stiffness,” says rheumatologist Douglas Conaway, MD, of Carolina Health Specialists in Myrtle Beach, S.C. “Above

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  10. Combination Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Rheumatoid arthritis is no longer as disabling a condition as it was in the past, thanks in large part to combination therapy – taking more than one RA medicine at a time. Doing so can lessen symptoms such as joint pain and slow joint damage. That can make a big difference in quality of life.   "You

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