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  1. WebMD Fibromyalgia Community: Do I Have Fibromyalgia? Misdiagnosed?

    One member of WebMD’s fibromyalgia community wonders if it's possible that she has been misdiagnosed with fibromyalgia. “My pain is centered in my lower back. I was under the impression that fibromyalgia affects the whole body,” she says. She has back spasms and can’t sit for an extended amount of t

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  2. 5 Things RA Can Teach Your Kids

    That doesn't sound right, does it? The last thing rheumatoid arthritis does is help anyone, least of all you as a parent or your kids, right? Some days RA can keep you from doing all the things you’d like to do. It makes it harder to open a jar of baby food, braid hair, or play catch. But moms with

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  3. Moms With RA: Helping Your Family Understand Pain

    When Keri Cawthorne was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis last year, one of her biggest concerns was how it would affect her 10-year-old daughter. “She watched me go through all the emotions. I wasn’t dying, I didn’t have cancer, but it was a hard one to take,” says Cawthorne, a fitness instructor

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  4. Losing Pregnancy Weight When You've Got RA

    It can be hard to find the time and energy to exercise when you have a newborn at home. If you also have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and are having a flare, exercise may be the very last thing you feel like doing. RA is an autoimmune disease in which the body mistakenly attacks its own joints. RA tend

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  5. Eating for 2: Your RA Pregnancy Diet

    Amy Louise Nelson, 34, packed on 50 pounds during her first pregnancy and 40 pounds during her second. While she was able to lose the weight rather quickly after she delivered, the extra pounds took a toll on her already damaged joints. Nelson, a stay-at-home mother in Rochester, Minn., was diagnose

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  6. 1 in 12 Women Will Have Autoimmune Disease

    Jan. 11, 2011 -- One in 12 women and one in 20 men in the U.S. will develop some sort of autoimmune disease in their lifetime, according to new estimates. Inflammatory autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), are relatively common conditions, especially among adults aged 50 and older.

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  7. Fibromyalgia: Questions for and From Your Doctor

    When you have fibromyalgia, visits to the doctor can be confusing and frustrating as you search for answers and treatment for the many different fibromyalgia symptoms you may have. You may have many different symptoms and lots of questions.  It can be hard to know how to address all your concerns in

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  8. Arthritis Doctors Too Often Opt for Drugs, Surgery

    Jan. 7, 2011 -- Many doctors who treat people with osteoarthritis are prescribing medications or choosing surgical options instead of recommending more conservative treatments such as weight loss and exercise programs. That’s the main conclusion of a new analysis published in the January 2011 issue

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  9. Smoking May Interfere With RA Treatment

    Jan 5, 2011 -- People with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who smoke are less likely to respond to treatment with two of the most commonly used medications -- an older disease modifying antirheumatic drug called methotrexate and biologic drugs known as TNF blockers, according to a new study in Janua

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  10. About to Resign? Accommodations for RA at Work

    Whether you stock shelves, drive a forklift, or sit at a desk, if you have RA, you face special challenges at work. Take Carol Britton, 54, who learned she had rheumatoid arthritis (RA) eight years ago and wondered how it would affect her career. Today, with help from some rheumatoid arthritis accom

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