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    6 Life Hacks for Your Rheumatoid Arthritis

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    “When I was traveling in Ireland and London, I would get tired. So I’d take a coffee break between sightseeing and give myself an hour to recuperate,” Pierce says.

    Brief naps can also help rev your energy, especially on days when you’re feeling run-down.

    Don’t go it alone. RA is often called a silent disease. “The symptoms aren’t always obvious. So your friends and family members, and even your spouse, may not know what you’re going through,” says Nathan Wei, MD, director of the Arthritis Treatment Center in Frederick, MD. “It’s important to be up-front with them about how you’re feeling -- and to speak up when you need help.”

    That means asking your family to chip in around the house, or telling friends when you can’t join them in activities because you don’t feel up to it. If you aren’t happy or feel like RA is interfering with your ability to enjoy your life, “see a therapist, your doctor, or both,” Kim says. “A professional can help you find solutions that work.”

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    Reviewed on December 18, 2015

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