Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that attacks the joints. Although it shares some symptoms with osteoarthritis, the type of arthritis that usually occurs in older people due to wear and tear on joints, there are some key differences. Rheumatoid arthritis can attack at any age, can come on rapidly, and may be accompanied by other symptoms, such as fatigue.

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27 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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RA and Heart Attacks: 10 Ways to Protect Your Heart

If you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), you also have double the risk for heart disease and heart attack. Certain RA drugs such as corticosteroids and NSAIDs can also up the risk of heart disease. But here are some things you can do to reduce your risk.
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13 Ways Inflammation Can Affect Your Health

You can't live without inflammation, but it can also be hazardous to your health.
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8 Signs and Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a serious autoimmune disease that attacks the joints and other body parts. Here are some tricky rheumatoid arthritis symptoms—and hints that they’re due to RA and not some other condition.
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10 Alternative Therapies for Rheumatoid Arthritis

If you’ve got rheumatoid arthritis, the single best way to fight the disease is with medication. Still, as effective as RA drugs are, they can’t do everything.
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10 Self-Care Strategies for People With Chronic Joint Pain

Whether you have psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, or another condition that causes achy joints, chronic joint pain can be extremely debilitating and frustrating. Here, the self-care tips you need to know.
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10 Ways to Protect Your Joints From Damage

Rheumatoid arthritis can damage joints over time, but there are techniques you can use in everyday life to take pressure off joints and help prevent long-term damage.
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Carrie Ann Inaba Gets Emotional Discussing Her Struggles with Autoimmune Condition: 'I Feel Shame'

"I feel so much shame when I go through these things, because I want to be what people see. And people see a healthy person," Inaba said on The Talk.
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7 Ways Inflammation Affects Your Body

You may be well-informed about health conditions linked to inflammation, what exactly is the deal with it? Watch this video to learn more how inflammation affects your body.
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13 Must-Know Facts About Joint Replacements

When severe pain or joint damage limits your daily activities, a joint replacement may still be your best option. Here's what you can expect from joint replacement surgery.
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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.)
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5 Signs You May Have Restless Legs Syndrome

Could you have restless legs syndrome? RLS can be tricky to diagnose, largely because symptoms tend to be worse at night and less obvious in the doctor's office. Click to see the signs and symptoms that are used to diagnose the condition.
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5 Foods to Avoid if You Have Arthritis (and 5 That Might Help), According to Dietitians

Although you can’t cure arthritis with food, you can eat your way to less joint pain. So we tapped dietitians to share what the ideal arthritis diet might include. Stock up on these best foods for arthritis (and study up on the worst foods for arthritis, which you should avoid if you can).