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  1. Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs Are Underused

    Feb. 1, 2011 -- Widely available drugs that are recommended early in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis are not being prescribed nearly as much as they could be. That’s the conclusion of a new study that says effective medicines called disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) are not being

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  2. Raising a Baby When You Have RA

    Amy Louise Nelson, 34, relied on her Boppy support pillow while nursing her two children. While many new moms find comfort with this fluffy U-shaped pillow when breastfeeding, Nelson physically depended on hers to take the strain off her arms. Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in 1998, this m

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  3. RA and Exercise: Getting Fit at Home and With Your Family

    When Melinda Winner was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), she was overwhelmed by depression. “I laid around the house eating,” says Winner, now the author of A Complete Guide to Living with Arthritis. “The more I laid, the more depressed I became, and the bigger I became, and with the weight

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  4. Sex, Aging, and Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Some women with rheumatoid arthritis sail through menopause without a care while others experience a full menu of menopause symptoms: hot flashes, insomnia, mood swings, weight gain. Menopause can also increase symptoms of RA, such as joint pain and fatigue. There is actually a slight rise in new di

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  5. Depression Lurks for Low-Income RA Patients

    Jan. 28, 2011 -- Rheumatoid arthritis patients from lower socioeconomic groups are more likely to develop symptoms of depression than people who have higher incomes and better access to health care services, a new study indicates. Researchers at the University of California in San Francisco examined

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  6. RA and Intimacy: Keeping Relationships Strong

    So how's your sex life? With rheumatoid arthritis, that question may make you sigh instead of smile. Fatigue can kill desire. Fear of hip or knee pain can keep you from trying. Or perhaps emotional pain is holding you back -- you just don't feel as connected to your lover as you used to or you don't

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  7. Moms With RA: Helping Your Family Understand Pain

    When Keri Cawthorne was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis last year, one of her biggest concerns was how it would affect her 10-year-old daughter. “She watched me go through all the emotions. I wasn’t dying, I didn’t have cancer, but it was a hard one to take,” says Cawthorne, a fitness instructor

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  8. 5 Things RA Can Teach Your Kids

    That doesn't sound right, does it? The last thing rheumatoid arthritis does is help anyone, least of all you as a parent or your kids, right? Some days RA can keep you from doing all the things you’d like to do. It makes it harder to open a jar of baby food, braid hair, or play catch. But moms with

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  9. Losing Pregnancy Weight When You've Got RA

    It can be hard to find the time and energy to exercise when you have a newborn at home. If you also have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and are having a flare, exercise may be the very last thing you feel like doing. RA is an autoimmune disease in which the body mistakenly attacks its own joints. RA tend

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  10. Eating for 2: Your RA Pregnancy Diet

    Amy Louise Nelson, 34, packed on 50 pounds during her first pregnancy and 40 pounds during her second. While she was able to lose the weight rather quickly after she delivered, the extra pounds took a toll on her already damaged joints. Nelson, a stay-at-home mother in Rochester, Minn., was diagnose

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