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    1. How to Handle RA at Work

      Years ago, a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis might've meant you had to drop out of the workforce. Today, drugs that treat RA can manage symptoms so well that you can keep right on working. Making small changes like these can also help. Talk to your boss. Don’t be are afraid to ask for help. You mi

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    2. How Stress and Fatigue Affect RA

      If you have rheumatoid arthritis, it’s important to learn ways to manage stress. “Chronic or intense stress seems to cause certain chemical reactions in the body that may increase inflammation,” says Patricia Katz, MD. She's a rheumatologist and professor of medicine at the University of California,

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    3. Complementary Treatments for RA: Acupuncture to Yoga

      Looking for new ways to soothe your stiff joints and other rheumatoid arthritis symptoms? Things like acupuncture, massage, or tai chi could help. About 2 out of 3 people with RA try these kinds of treatments, known as complementary therapies. They may ease your pain, relax you, and improve your lif

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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 8 Affordable Aids for Rheumatoid Arthritis

      Need a little help sometimes? Maybe you could use a hand when you get out of a chair, cook a meal, or write out a shopping list. You can make life with rheumatoid arthritis easier with a few gadgets that are easy on your wallet. "People say that they don't want to use an assistive device because the

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    7. RA Medicines: Finding What You Need

      Living with rheumatoid arthritis usually means taking medication. "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 aggressive treatment, symptoms like painful, swollen

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    8. How RA Affects Your Overall Health

      When most people think of arthritis, they think of achy wrists and knees. But rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is another story. "RA goes way beyond the joints," says M. Elaine Husni, MD, MPH, director of the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Treatment Center at the Cleveland Clinic. The inflammation that's pa

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    9. Arthritis-Friendly Workouts to Keep You Moving

      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. It's great for your heart and lungs, and it also: Helps you move better Makes everyday activities easier Lifts you

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    10. Strength Training for Your Rheumatoid Arthritis

      Strength training is good for you. It builds your muscles and helps support and protect joints that are affected by arthritis. “I recommend [it] across the board to my RA patients,” says Marvin Smith, DPT, a physical therapist at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. Make it a habit, and

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