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    1. Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms You Shouldn't Ignore

      You probably know all about the swelling and pain in your joints that comes and goes when you have rheumatoid arthritis. But don't neglect unusual symptoms that crop up on other parts of your body. They could be symptoms of complications or side effects of medicine you take. Watch out for these 10 p

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    2. Expert Advice on How to Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis

      When you're trying to figure out how to manage the pain and stiffness that come with RA, you'll have lots of questions about how to sort through the options. WebMD spoke with Ana-Maria Orbai, MD, assistant professor of medicine in rheumatology at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, to get ideas on

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    3. 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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    4. Rheumatoid Arthritis May Shorten Life Span

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Rheumatoid arthritis may raise the risk of early death by as much as 40 percent, with heart and respiratory problems the most common contributors to a shortened life span, a new study suggests. And among those who died of

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    5. Knee Replacement Brings Less Pain, Better Function

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Total knee replacement usually results in greater pain relief and better joint function after a year than nonsurgical arthritis treatment, researchers report. But baby boomers shouldn't automatically rule out physical

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    6. RA Treatments: What Are Your Options?

      When you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), your body’s immune system attacks your joints and organs. Not only could it cause serious joint damage, it might also raise your risk of other problems like heart disease. That’s why it’s important to diagnose your RA early so you can begin treatment as soon

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    7. Could Oral Contraceptives Help Ease RA?

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Aug. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Oral contraceptives -- also known as birth control pills -- may ease pain and improve functioning in women with rheumatoid arthritis, a small German study suggests. "Women with inflammatory arthritis who were currently u

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    8. Drinking May Ease Fibromyalgia Pain; Doctors Wary

      By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Moderate to heavy drinking might cut the likelihood of disability for people with chronic widespread pain such as that related to fibromyalgia, new Scottish research suggests. But U.S. pain specialists say consuming al

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    9. U.S. High-Risk Areas for Lyme Disease Increasing

      July 16, 2015 -- There has been a significant increase of areas in the United States where people are at high risk for Lyme disease, a federal government study says. There are now 260 counties where the number of Lyme disease cases is at least twice as high as what's expected given the size of a cou

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    10. How to Get in the Mood When You Have RA

      Sex is a huge part of your relationship. It keeps you connected to your partner, and it can still be a great part of your life, even with rheumatoid arthritis. The trick is to take a little extra care. RA can slow you down. These simple tips can help you get in the mood and make your sex life more f

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