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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. RA, Smoking, and Alcohol

    You already know that smoking is bad for you and that it's unhealthy to drink too much alcohol. But do you know how tobacco and alcohol relate to rheumatoid arthritis -- your odds of developing RA, or, if you already have RA, your odds of making it worse? Here's what the research shows. Smoking may

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  6. 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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  7. Rheumatoid Arthritis: Best and Worst Supplements and Herbs

    At 35, Chicago flight attendant Michele Mason says her bones felt like “pins and needles” were in them, and her hands were so swollen that she found it difficult to put on her infant son’s socks. Her knees ached, too. “I couldn’t even get out of the bathtub by myself,” she says. When her doctor susp

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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. 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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  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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