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Living With Rheumatoid Arthritis


User's Manual: Joints

Your joints are a precious resource. Learn how to protect your joints with gentle exercise, fight inflammation with food, and cope with pain by making lifestyle changes.   View Feature


16 Gentle Exercises for People with Arthritis

If you have rheumatoid arthritis, pain may cause you to avoid exercise, but skipping it altogether isn’t a good idea. (And that’s true for other arthritis types.)   View slideshow


14 Foods That Fight Inflammation

Out-of-control inflammation—as in rheumatoid arthritis—can damage the body. Plus, it's thought to play a role in obesity, heart disease, and cancer. Here's what to eat to fight inflammation.   View slideshow


12 Mental Tricks That Fight Pain

If you have chronic pain due to rheumatoid arthritis or another condition, you may be able to harness the power of your own mind to help fight pain. Although it sounds far fetched, studies suggest that these pain relief tools can work.   View slideshow


12 Nice Things You Can Do for Someone in Pain

If you have a loved one with RA or any other chronic disease, read on. You’ll be sure to find a few new ways to show you care.   View slideshow


Best and Worst Jobs for People in Pain

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Studies have shown that people with rheumatoid arthritis are more likely to change jobs, reduce their hours, be fired, and retire than people without it. Here's a list of some of the best and worst jobs for people with RA.   View slideshow


13 Ways to Cope With Pain at Work

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More than 116 million Americans deal with chronic pain each year. And that pain doesn’t go away when people have to go to work. Here are some ways to get your employer to be more accommodating, as well as to make adjustments to ease pain on the job.   View slideshow


Best and Worst Foods for Pain

Inflammation is a key cause of pain in many conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis. Here are some foods that could be potentially harmful or helpful when it comes to pain; use trial and error to see if they work for you.   View slideshow


11 Rheumatoid Arthritis and Depression Facts

People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are about twice as likely to be depressed as people without this inflammatory autoimmune disease. However, the relationship may be more complex than that.   View slideshow


15 Surprising Facts About Rheumatoid Arthritis

More research is needed to shed light on RA's exact causes, which are thought to be a combination of genes and environmental factors. However, here are some surprising facts about what is known about RA's history, triggers, and risk factors.   View slideshow


14 Household Tools for People in Pain

For people with rheumatoid arthritis, painful flare-ups can make opening a door or getting dressed a daunting struggle, but these products can help.   View slideshow


15 Things Not to Say to Someone With RA

If you know someone with RA, you may try to sympathize or offer advice. But be aware that some sentiments may do more harm than good.   View slideshow


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.   View calendar


Coffee, Alcohol, and More That May Affect RA

There are other factors that may affect the risk of getting RA—and possibly the symptoms, if you already have it.   View slideshow


My RA Was Diagnosed After I Had a Baby at 40

Kelly Young, age 45, had rheumatoid arthritis symptoms for years, but her doctors didn’t take them seriously or thought she was making them up.
When I was 13 years old, I woke up one morning with my hands locked into fists and I had to pry them open. The pain soon eased. But it happened again each morning for several weeks, and then it stopped.   Read More


Some Days I Couldn't Get Out of Bed Due to Pain

Lisa Rushing, 38, was in pain for decades before being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.
I have been in pain for almost 20 years. Over the past couple of decades I have been diagnosed with interstitial cystitis (a disease that causes bladder pain) and a possible case of lupus (an autoimmune disease that creates inflammation).   Read More


A Biologic Drug Helped Me Conquer Rheumatoid Arthritis

Kathy Lubbers battled rheumatoid arthritis for more than 20 years
I have had rheumatoid arthritis (RA) for more than 20 years. When I was 24, like so many people with RA, I was misdiagnosed. I had been living with the skin disease discoid lupus since I was 14, and my doctor just assumed my new symptoms—chronic fatigue, achy joints, and full-body pain—meant that I had developed systemic lupus.  Read More


My Rheumatoid Arthritis Test Was Negative, But I Still Had RA

Teresa Shaffer, 46, of Morgantown, W. Va., had a history of chronic pain going back to an osteoarthritis diagnosis in her 20s.
When I was about 24, I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my back. Unfortunately, it just got worse and I seemed to have one condition after another added to the list. When you had one chronic pain disease, it seemed like your body just keeps piling on others.  Read More


20 Gifts for Adults or Children With Arthritis

Activities most people don't think twice about—getting out of bed, sitting in a car, eating a meal—can be incredibly painful for someone with arthritis.   View slideshow


10 Ways to Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

There are many medications for rheumatoid arthritis, but painful flare-ups are still a fact of life. The good news is there are many things you can do to reduce, and even prevent, pain.   View slideshow


15 Exercises for People in Pain

When you're in pain, the last thing you may want to think about is exercise. But people with chronic pain conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis are more likely to keep their symptoms under control if they exercise at least a little bit every day.   View slideshow


Rheumatoid Arthritis Diet Tips

Some rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients feel that some foods may make symptoms better or worse. The scientific evidence is spotty, but here are six dietary changes that may be worth trying.   View slideshow