31 Tips for Coping With Rheumatoid Arthritis

About 1.3 million people in the U.S. have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a serious autoimmune disease that wreaks havoc on the joints (and other parts of the body). Here are some tips for coping with RA.
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Protect your joints

You should always be thinking about your joints, even those that are currently symptom-free. And remember, no task is too small. Instead of lifting a heavy pot, slide it across the counter; use a shoulder to open a door rather than your hand; and hold books in the palm of your hands, not with your fingers.