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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Combination Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Rheumatoid arthritis is no longer as disabling a condition as it was in the past, thanks in large part to combination therapy – taking more than one RA medicine at a time. Doing so can lessen symptoms such as joint pain and slow joint damage. That can make a big difference in quality of life.   "You

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  4. Rheumatoid Arthritis: Treatments

    Controlling inflammation is key to controlling rheumatoid arthritis (RA). “Inflammation is at the root of all problems in RA, including most of the joint pain and all of the swelling and stiffness,” says rheumatologist Douglas Conaway, MD, of Carolina Health Specialists in Myrtle Beach, S.C. “Above

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  5. 5 Steps to Make Physical Therapy Work for Your RA

    Doing physical therapy exercises can help your RA by making you stronger and more flexible. That can help you feel better. "When you get up and move, you'll actually have less pain and more energy," says Brett Cook, a physical therapist at Independence Rehab in Sandy, Utah. Cook knows what he's talk

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  6. How Rheumatoid Arthritis Affects Pregnancy With Twins

    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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  7. 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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  8. Ask the Expert: I Have RA and My Husband Won't Help

    In every issue of WebMD the Magazine, we ask our experts to answer readers' questions about a wide range of topics. In our May 2011 issue, a reader with rheumatoid arthritis asked WebMD's rheumatology expert, Scott Zashin, MD, why her husband doesn't help her more. A: It is not at all unusual for ma

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  9. RA and Your Diet

    How much can what you eat help -- or hurt -- your rheumatoid arthritis (RA)? For decades, researchers have looked into whether there is a link between food and RA. For almost as long, various diets and supplements have claimed to relieve swollen joints and morning stiffness -- or even falsely "cure"

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  10. How Stress and Fatigue Affect RA

    Stress and rheumatoid arthritis often go hand in painful hand. Many people trace the onset of their rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to a stressful event in their lives. “I was going through a really stressful period in my life when I first developed RA, and I really believe that it aggravated it a lot,” s

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