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How can knowing your triggers help treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?

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Once you learn your triggers, you can take steps to avoid them.

Infections can be a culprit. So can stress. Some people get flare-ups if they overdo certain activities. Others say certain foods trigger problems, though there's not a lot of research to back that up.

The important thing is to find out what tends to bring on a flare-up. The next time you have one, make notes about what's going on in your life. For instance, what's your overall health like, what kind of activities do you do every day, and what kinds of food do you eat?

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation, Arthritis Today: "51 Ways to Be Good to Your Joints" and "Why Skipping Medications is a Bad Idea." Hospital for Special Surgery: "How to Protect Your Joints."   National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Rheumatoid Arthritis and CAM."

Reviewed by David Zelman on February 07, 2017

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation, Arthritis Today: "51 Ways to Be Good to Your Joints" and "Why Skipping Medications is a Bad Idea." Hospital for Special Surgery: "How to Protect Your Joints."   National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Rheumatoid Arthritis and CAM."

Reviewed by David Zelman on February 07, 2017

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