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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Parenting With Lupus

    When you have lupus, taking care of yourself can be hard enough. If you're a parent — dealing with rheumatology appointments on top of dirty diapers and school bake sales — it may quickly become overwhelming for everyone. "A parent's lupus will have an impact on their kids," says Robert Katz, MD, a

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  5. Lupus Fog and Memory Problems

    Lupus fog -- the forgetfulness and fuzzy-headed feeling that can come with lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE) – can be one of the most frustrating symptoms of the condition. The term lupus fog means more than memory problems. It also refers to cognitive difficulties, such as trouble helpin

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  6. Lupus Medications and Treatments

    Lupus -- also called systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE -- might not have a cure, but it's a highly treatable condition. Lupus medications can help lower long-term risks and keep symptoms under control. According to the Lupus Foundation of America, 80% to 90% of people with lupus can expect a norm

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  7. Smoking Raises Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk

    Dec. 13, 2010 -- Add severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to the list of diseases linked to cigarette smoking. Findings from a study, which appear in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, suggest that smoking accounts for more than a third of cases of the most common form of RA and for more than 50% of

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  8. Lupus and Sex: 8 Ways to Improve Your Sex Life

    When Adam Brown was diagnosed with lupus in 2007, he was afraid it would mean the end of his sex life. “Sex was definitely a big concern, especially since I was only 23,” he says. But Brown, now 26 and married, was relieved to find that wasn’t the case. “It was a little rough going at first, but my

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  9. Fighting Lupus Fatigue and Boosting Energy

    Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of lupus. In fact, most people with lupus have fatigue at some point in their illness. “When lupus hit, it was like running into a wall at 80 mph,” says Ann S. Utterback, PhD, a broadcast voice specialist in Virginia who was diagnosed with lupus in 2006. “I

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  10. Lupus on the Job: Your Rights and Responsibilities

    When you’re diagnosed with lupus, you may have many questions about how to handle your lupus at work. You may wonder how long you’ll be able to work. Or what to do if there are certain job functions you have difficulty doing. And you may worry about whether to tell your employer and coworkers that y

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