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Living With Rheumatoid Arthritis

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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
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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
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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

A Biologic Helped Me Conquer RA

Kathy Lubbers battled rheumatoid arthritis for more than 20 years 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.  Read More
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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

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. 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.  Read More
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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
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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

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.  Read More
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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13 Ways to Cope With Pain at Work

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
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Best and Worst Jobs for People in Pain

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
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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
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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
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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