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  1. 10 RA Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

    If you have rheumatoid arthritis, you’re familiar with painful, swollen joints. There are other symptoms to watch for, though. RA can affect any part of your body, from your eyes to your heart to your toes.  Also, newer drugs called biologics often have serious side effects. The big upside to these

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  2. RA: Tips to Manage Your Fatigue

    If you have rheumatoid arthritis and often feel tired, you’re hardly alone: More than 80% of people who have it say it causes fatigue. You might also find that weakness -- either all over or in areas of your body affected by RA -- gets in the way of things you used to do with ease, whether it’s open

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  3. 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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  4. RA in Moms-to-Be Tied to Premature Births

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Nov. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women with rheumatoid arthritis are at increased risk for giving birth prematurely, a new study suggests. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic joint inflammation. For the study, rese

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  5. Lower Doses of Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs May Work for Some

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Nov. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Some people in the early stages of rheumatoid arthritis may be able to safely lower their medication doses once their symptoms are well under control, a new study suggests. In a clinical trial, British researchers found tha

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  6. Salty Foods May Double Smokers' RA Risk

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Sept. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Consuming too much salt may more than double a smoker's risk of developing the painful inflammatory disease known as rheumatoid arthritis, a new study finds. Researchers in Sweden said the interaction between smok

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  7. Many RA Patients May Skip Meds: Study

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many patients with severe rheumatoid arthritis don't take their expensive medications as prescribed, a new British study finds. Failure to take the drugs correctly reduces their effectiveness and may lead to a worsening

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  8. 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 ma

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  9. 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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  10. 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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