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    Rheumatoid Arthritis - Cause

    The cause of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is not fully understood. Genes play a role, but experts don't know exactly what that role is. For most people with RA, the disease doesn't run in their families and they don't pass it along to their children. One or more genes may make it more likely that the body's immune system will attack the tissues of the joints. This immune response may also be triggered by bacteria, a virus, or some other foreign substance.

    Other causes of joint pain include osteoarthritis, lupus, and gout.

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    It's good for anyone to learn how to relieve stress, and it’s extra-important if you have rheumatoid arthritis. Feeling worried and tense makes some people's RA symptoms worse. Just living with the disease can be a lot to handle. Sometimes it's tricky to manage stress, especially at work. When things get hectic, you have to stay on task. Use these eight stress-busters to keep calm and carry on. 1. Stretch. Aim to take a break every half-hour to stretch, walk around, and clear your head. When...

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    Last Updated: October 06, 2014
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