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    When you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), make sure you celebrate your good days. Don't worry about any possible flares down the road. Instead, move ahead with the things that keep you healthy.

    Get Regular Checkups

    Even when you're on the upswing, it's important to have regular visits with your doctor and keep taking your medications. After all, they're working! The Arthritis Foundation recommends you see your doctor at least once a year to check on your RA.

    Keep up with your lab appointments, too. You need regular blood tests to see how you're doing and spot possible side effects of treatment.

    Eat Right

    Folic acid, or folate, is a B vitamin that curbs the side effects of methotrexate. You'll find it in leafy vegetables, beans, and whole grains. You can also take it as a supplement.

    Also, make sure you get enough calcium and vitamin D, especially if you take steroids (such as prednisone), which can cause bone loss.

    Load up on omega-3 fatty acids, which are in fish like salmon and tuna. These good fats can help your body fight inflammation. Choose fish twice a week, or take a fish oil supplement.

    Protect Yourself From the Flu and Other Infections

    The drugs used to treat RA can weaken your body's defense against germs. So, get a flu shot every year. Check with your doctor to find out when you should get vaccines for these other infections:

    • Pneumococcal disease
    • Meningococcal disease
    • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
    • Hepatitis B
    • Tetanus

    If you're 60 or older, ask your doctor about a vaccine to prevent shingles.

    Stay Active and Fit

    With your doctor's OK, get 20 to 30 minutes of aerobic exercise -- the kind that gets your heart pumping -- on as many days of the week as you can. Avoid anything that puts a lot of stress on your joints, such as running. Some good activities to try are walking, water aerobics, swimming, and bicycling.

    A couple of days a week, do some strength training to build up the muscles that support your joints.

    Also do stretching to make your body more flexible. But be careful not to overdo it.

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    RA Checklist Challenge

    Want to take better care of yourself? See how many things you can check off the list in the next 30 days!

    I ordered salmon instead of a burger when I went out to eat today.

    I took a walk 5 days this week.

    I didn't let my RA stop me from having fun today.

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    • 1.3 million Americans are living with RA.
    • 75% of people with RA are women.
    • 3 in 5 people with RA try to stay active.
    • 91% of people with RA are able to keep working.
    • 3 in 5 patients are satisfied with their doctors.
    • 80% say they hope for new, innovative treatments.
    • 75% want to feel better in 3 months of treatment.
    • 80% want treatment to resume full social lives.
    • 2 out of 3 say friends don't understand their RA.
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