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    1. RA: Best and Worst Supplements and Herbs

      People in some parts of the world have used herbal remedies to treat diseases for centuries. But in the United States, we tend to rely heavily on traditional Western medicine. Still, the use of dietary supplements has taken off in the last few decades. A 2011 survey from the CDC found that more than

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    2. Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lymphoma: What’s the Link?

      Sure, it’s scary to see an ad on TV that says your RA drugs might make you more likely to get lymphoma, a type of cancer in your lymph nodes. But that’s not something for most people to worry about, says Eric L. Matteson, MD, chair of rheumatology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. “The majority o

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    3. Rheumatoid Arthritis and Your Sex Life

      Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can change a lot of things, including your love life. Around half of men and women with RA say they’ve had some trouble in the bedroom, like pain during intercourse and low sex drive. But an RA diagnosis doesn’t have to mean the end of your sex life. If anything, intimacy s

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    4. 6 Life Hacks for Your Rheumatoid Arthritis

      When Kelly Ann Pierce was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) at age 15, she didn’t know anything about it. Now 42, Pierce is practically an expert. And if there’s anything she’s learned over the past 27 years, “it’s that you can have a good, full life, even with RA,” she says. Like most people

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    5. RA, Smoking, and Alcohol

      Your joints hurt for weeks from a bout of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). So you reach for a cigarette to make yourself feel better. You’re really making it worse. An occasional glass of wine or two, though, is all right -- as long as your doctor gives you the OK. Will Smoking Ignite Your RA? No one know

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    6. Is It Growing Pains or Something More Serious?

      Your child wakes up in the middle of the night in pain, with a tight grip on her leg. A little TLC gets her back to sleep. You chalk it up to growing pains and get back in bed yourself. But then it happens again. And again. Now you ask yourself: Could it be something more serious? Almost 2 out of ev

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    7. 8 Diet Tips for Rheumatoid Arthritis Relief

      Food might not be the first thing on your mind when you have the stiffness, swelling, and pain of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). But what if it could provide some relief? It’s no substitute for your medicine, but it can help, says Anca D. Askanase, MD, clinical director of rheumatology at Columbia Unive

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    8. When Men Get Rheumatoid Arthritis

      One morning in 1972, Bill Mulvihill woke up to severe pain and stiffness in his elbow. “It was locked in a right angle. I couldn’t unlock it. And I never fully did again,” says Mulvihill, now 68 and living in Cincinnati. Back then, Mulvihill thought he’d injured his elbow playing basketball. When hi

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    9. Expert Advice on How to Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis

      When you're trying to figure out how to manage the pain and stiffness that come with RA, you'll have lots of questions about how to sort through the options. WebMD spoke with Ana-Maria Orbai, MD, assistant professor of medicine in rheumatology at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, to get ideas on

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    10. How to Manage Fatigue From Rheumatoid Arthritis

      When your rheumatoid arthritis leaves you feeling drained, reboot your energy levels with the right moves. Exercise, healthy food, and good sleep habits are secret weapons in your fight against fatigue. It might seem counter-intuitive, but regular exercise can help you strike back against extreme ti

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