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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 10 Serious RA Symptoms to Never Ignore

    Painful, swollen joints are a hallmark of rheumatoid arthritis. But for people with RA, it's not the only thing to watch out for. A result of the body’s immune system attacking its own tissues, rheumatoid arthritis requires more than just managing the pain. Other symptoms that might seem unrelated t

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  5. 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 of course, 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 misinfor

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  6. RA and Pregnancy: The Facts About Conceiving

    If you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and are thinking about starting a family, you probably have lots of questions and concerns. Will your RA affect your chances of getting pregnant? Are your medications safe during pregnancy? What if you decide to stop taking them? Will your RA flare? These are al

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  7. Dealing With Osteoarthritis? Try WebMD's Joint-Friendly Walking Program

    The hardest part of starting an exercise program is, well ... getting started. This can be an especially daunting task if you have osteoarthritis (OA), the wear-and-tear form of arthritis which causes joint pain and loss of function for 27 million Americans. But "the more you move, the better you wi

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  8. Fibromyalgia and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    Are irritable bowel syndrome and fibromyalgia connected? It's a question many people with these chronic conditions are asking. The answer could shed light on what causes these conditions. But that answer is proving difficult to get. Fibromyalgia is a common condition that causes painful muscles. The

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  9. Could Losing Weight Ease Your Arthritis Pain?

    For 12 years, Robin Lutchansky spent most of her time in a wheelchair. The pain from her severe osteoarthritis, first diagnosed in her early 30s, made it difficult to walk more than short distances. Then, a little over three years ago, Lutchansky found her way to a pain management clinic that taught

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  10. Fibromyalgia and Diet

    If you have fibromyalgia, you've probably wondered if there are ways to modify your diet to improve symptoms such as fatigue and muscle pain. Research hasn't shown that there are specific foods that all fibromyalgia patients should avoid or add to their diets. But it may still be worthwhile to take

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