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14 Household Tools for People in Pain

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by Anne Harding and Min-Ja Lee

For people with rheumatoid arthritis, painful flare-ups can make opening a door or getting dressed a daunting struggle.

"The number-one tool that one needs during a flare, by far, is this word called autonomy," says Nortin Hadler, MD, a professor of medicine and microbiology/immunology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "It means the ability to pace the day and choose activities."

Next on the list, Dr. Hadler says: assistive equipment to help you accomplish daily tasks. Here are 14 household tools to make life easier when pain strikes.

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