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  1. RA and Your Overall Health

    When people think of arthritis, they think of achy wrists and knees. But rheumatoid arthritis can be much more than that. "RA goes way beyond the joints," says M. Elaine Husni, MD, MPH, director of the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Center at the Cleveland Clinic. The inflammation of RA can affect yo

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  2. How Rheumatoid Arthritis Affects Pregnancy

    If you're pregnant or planning to be, you may wonder how having rheumatoid arthritis (RA) could affect your pregnancy. Here's some good news: Many women with RA find that their symptoms go into remission during pregnancy. What’s more, RA doesn't seem to affect your chances of getting or staying preg

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

    Sex is a part of life, and it’s no different if you have RA. Sex keeps you connected to your partner, and it releases endorphins that can help ease RA pain. 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 fun.

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  4. Arthritis Medicines: Finding the Best Fit for You

    Living with rheumatoid arthritis usually means taking medication. The great news is that RA drugs have come a long way. "Treatments are working better than we could have imagined 15 years ago," says Clifton O. "Bing" Bingham, MD, director of the Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center in Baltimore. Thanks to

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  5. 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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  6. Rheumatoid Arthritis and Aerobic Exercise

    Aerobic exercise -- like swimming, using cardio machines at the gym, or simply going for a brisk walk -- is not only possible when you have rheumatoid arthritis, it’s good for you, too. Aerobic exercise gets your heart rate up. It's great  for your heart and lungs, and it also: Helps you move better

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  7. Rheumatoid Arthritis and Strength Training

    Strength training is good for you. It builds your muscles and helps protect joints that are affected by arthritis. “Strength training is something that I recommend across the board to my RA patients,” says Marvin Smith, DPT. He’s a physical therapist at Oregon Health and Science University in Portla

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  8. Flexibility Exercises and Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Looking to make moving easier and cut back on pain? Flexibility exercises are for you, says April Davis, an occupational therapist at NYU Langone Medical Center. These exercises can ease pain, prevent injury, and improve your balance. They keep your joints healthy and moving. There are two basic typ

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  9. When Men Get Rheumatoid Arthritis

    For a few years, Andrew Ellis tried to tough out the pain, which started in his thumb. A boxer and football player in college, Ellis, 58, was used to aches and pains. He’d even broken his thumb once, so he told himself the new pain was from the old break. Then his other thumb began to hurt. Soon, he

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  10. Why Yoga Can Be Good for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Regular exercise is a must when you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA). "It's important to keep muscles strong to support the joints, and movement is important to reduce stiffness," says Susan J. Bartlett, PhD, an associate professor of medicine at McGill University in Montreal. Yoga can be a fun altern

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