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  1. Stress and RA: How to Stay in Control

    Hilary Wilson of Duluth, Ga., now 60, was officially diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis or RA in 1987, but she is pretty sure she had the inflammatory arthritis long before that. RA is a chronic disease, marked by inflammation of the lining of the joints. It can lead to chronic joint pain, loss of

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  2. Complementary Treatments for RA: Acupuncture to Yoga

    Looking for new ways to soothe your stiff joints and other rheumatoid arthritis symptoms? Therapies like acupuncture, massage, or tai chi could help. About two out of three people with RA try these kinds of treatments, known as complementary therapies. Complementary therapies may help ease your pain

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  3. 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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  4. Talking About RA: Who Will You Tell, and How?

    You may be the one who has rheumatoid arthritis, but it's going to touch a lot of other people in your life -- your spouse, your kids, and your close friends. It could affect your boss and co-workers, too. Talking to people about your RA is important, but it can be frustrating. "Most people don't ha

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  5. 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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  6. Tips to Fend Off RA Fatigue

    If you have rheumatoid arthritis, you know what fatigue means. Your friends and family might think you're just tired, but that doesn't come close. You may not be able to get rid of RA fatigue entirely. But you can prevent or lessen it  and have more energy to enjoy life. Here's how. Rest is key to m

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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