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  1. WebMD's My Story: How a Reader Faces Lupus 1 Day at a Time

    At 23, I was on top of the world. I had my dream job as a writer and traveled all over North America to research stories. I bought my first townhouse. I was loving life. After a trip to Montreal, I developed the flu. I was exhausted. I often got tired after trips, but this time was different. My han

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  2. Staying Active With Osteoarthritis

    If your doctor tells you that you have osteoarthritis (OA), you might assume your days of indoor cycling classes and lifting weights are over. With joint pain, swelling, and stiffness in your future, it's hard to imagine pumping iron at the gym -- much less peeling your achy body off the couch to dr

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  3. OA: Treatment Overview

    Osteoarthritis, the wear-and-tear form of arthritis, affects one in two Americans during the course of their lifetime. Marked by pain, swelling, and reduced motion in the joints, OA typically strikes the hands, knees, hips or spine -- but any joint is at risk. Does this mean you are a sitting duck?

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  4. Better Sleep with Osteoarthritis

    It’s a vicious cycle. Your osteoarthritis pain keeps you up all night as you struggle to find a comfortable position, and the lack of sleep makes your pain worse the next day and so on and so forth. If you are one of the 27 million people with OA, it can be hard to sleep soundly, but there are 10 tr

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  5. Ask the Expert: I Have RA and My Husband Won't Help

    In every issue of WebMD the Magazine, we ask our experts to answer readers' questions about a wide range of topics. In our May 2011 issue, a reader with rheumatoid arthritis asked WebMD's rheumatology expert, Scott Zashin, MD, why her husband doesn't help her more. A: It is not at all unusual for ma

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  6. RA and Your Diet

    How much can what you eat help -- or hurt -- your rheumatoid arthritis (RA)? For decades, researchers have looked into whether there is a link between food and RA. For almost as long, various diets and supplements have claimed to relieve swollen joints and morning stiffness -- or even falsely "cure"

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  7. For Women: OA Risk Factors and Coping Tips

    You used to climb stairs, lift toddlers, and work in the garden with ease. Now osteoarthritis makes these activities difficult and painful for you. You're not alone. Nearly 27 million Americans have osteoarthritis. And about 16 million of them are women. If you are a woman with osteoarthritis, don't

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  8. RA and Your Diet: Can Foods Reduce Inflammation?

    Can your diet help ease rheumatoid arthritis symptoms? The research is mixed, but this much is true: RA pain and stiffness is caused by inflammation, and some foods have an anti-inflammatory effect in the body. While changing your diet won’t eliminate your RA symptoms completely, learning which food

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  9. Biologics for RA: Costs and Insurance

    Biologic drugs for rheumatoid arthritis work for 2 out of 3 people who take them for RA. These genetically engineered drugs often slow or halt the progression of joint damage, and they may even push RA into remission. But the drugs are expensive; they cost about $1,000 to $3,000 a month. Even with h

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  10. Tai Chi for Arthritis Relief

    The movements of tai chi are gentle, graceful, mystical -- and a safe way to relieve arthritis pain and gain balance, strength, and flexibility. Tai chi is one of many alternative therapies that can provide relief from pain, possibly letting you cut back on pain medications. Early mornings in large

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