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  1. Traveling Pain-Free With RA

    Traveling with rheumatoid arthritis is a little more complicated, but it doesn't have to be less fun. "There's no reason you can't travel just because you have RA," says Victoria Ruffing, RN, program manager at the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center in Baltimore. "You just need to take some extra precau

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  2. 8 Affordable Assistive Devices for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Need a little help sometimes? Maybe getting out of a chair, cooking a meal, or writing out a shopping list? You can make life with rheumatoid arthritis easier with a few handy helpers that don’t cost a lot. "People say that they don't want to use an assistive device because they don't want to feel d

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  3. Will New Gout Findings Get a Toehold?

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) -- The big toe is not the biggest culprit in gout flare-ups, contrary to popular belief, a new study reports. Researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., found that people with the highest risk of repeated cases of gou

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  4. Standard RA Therapy as Good as Costlier Newcomer?

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 11 (HealthDay News) -- Newer, costlier treatment for rheumatoid arthritis appears no better than an older, less-expensive regimen for people who don't respond to the first-line drug methotrexate, a new study suggests. "Newer isn't always better," s

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  5. Family Doubting RA

    A frustrated WebMD Community member writes that her family doesn't understand what she is going through with RA. They accuse her of being lazy on days when she has to sleep because the pain and fatigue are so bad. Sometimes when she talks about her symptoms, they tell her they think she is faking. O

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  6. Nerve Stimulation Might Ease Fibromyalgia Pain

    By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 10 (HealthDay News) -- An implanted device that zaps the nerves at the nape of the neck -- shown effective in treating some people with migraines -- may also help ease the ache of fibromyalgia, an ailment that causes widespread body pain and tendern

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  7. Is Foggy-Headed a Symptom of RA?

    One WebMD Community member asks if being "foggy headed" is a symptom of RA. He asks if anyone else has experienced it along with rheumatoid arthritis. One member responded that perhaps he was feeling RA fatigue. People with RA often feel very tired, both physically and mentally. You can feel it day

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  8. Newly Diagnosed With RA

    After fighting joint pain, fevers, fatigue, and swelling, a WebMD Community member writes that she has just been diagnosed with RA. She says her hands and wrists hurt, her knees feel locked, and she can't put any weight on her elbows without feeling pain. She's scared and asks what to expect -- from

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  9. Aspirin May Equal Pricier Drug for Preventing Clots

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 4 (HealthDay News) -- Aspirin appears to be just as good as more expensive, more potent blood-thinning medication for preventing blood clots after hip replacement surgery, according to new research. People who get artificial hips are at risk of serio

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  10. Weather Doesn't Trigger Fibromyalgia Symptoms: Study

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 4 (HealthDay News) -- Although some people with fibromyalgia are sensitive to changes in temperature, sunshine and precipitation, new research shows that weather conditions do not affect the pain or fatigue associated with this chronic condit

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