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    1. How RA Affects Your Overall Health

      When most people think of arthritis, they think of achy wrists and knees. But rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is another story. "RA goes way beyond the joints," says M. Elaine Husni, MD, MPH, director of the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Treatment Center at the Cleveland Clinic. The inflammation that's pa

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    2. 8 Affordable Aids for Rheumatoid Arthritis

      Need a little help sometimes? Maybe you could use a hand when you get out of a chair, cook a meal, or write out a shopping list. You can make life with rheumatoid arthritis easier with a few gadgets that are easy on your wallet. "People say that they don't want to use an assistive device because the

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    3. 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 sy

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    4. 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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    5. The Arthritis Diet: How Excess Weight Damages Your Joints

      Despite the claims you may see or read sometimes, there is no magic arthritis diet. No single food or special eating plan can slow arthritis or reduce pain. A well-balanced diet is important for your overall health and energy level, of course. But when it comes to managing osteoarthritis, the single

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    6. Arthritis Pain and Sleep

      The pain of arthritis makes it tough for many people to get a good night’s sleep. Worse yet, tossing and turning at night can actually increase the perception of pain. “There’s a reciprocal relationship between pain and poor sleep. The poorer people sleep, the more pain they tend to be in,” says Kev

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    7. 5 Facts and Fictions About Osteoarthritis

      The earth is flat, eggs are bad for you, and arthritis is a natural part of aging. Each of these once long-held beliefs are myths, but repeat one often enough and just about any myth can start to sound like fact. With more than 100 types of arthritis, it's easy to see how a little misinformation has

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    8. Arthritis at Work: Ergonomics Can Help

      The day-to-day demands of work can pose many challenges when you have arthritis. That’s true whether you work at a desk job or a job that requires lifting and bending. Fortunately, a few simple principles can help most people get through the day without undue pain. Ergonomically designed chairs, des

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    9. Shopping and Preparing Easy Meals When You Have Arthritis

      Putting healthy meals on the table means lifting grocery bags, opening jars with lids, dicing and slicing, and handling bulky pots. But all of those activities pose a challenge when you have arthritis. Fortunately, there are plenty of clever solutions you can use to make shopping and meal preparatio

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    10. 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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