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.

10 Ways Rheumatoid Arthritis Affects the Body

Although often mistaken for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that affects approximately 1.3 million Americans.

'I Was Diagnosed With Rheumatoid Arthritis at 40—Right After I Had a Baby'

Kelly Young had rheumatoid arthritis symptoms for years, but her doctors didn’t take them seriously or thought she was making them up.

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.

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.

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.

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.)

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.

11 Famous People With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Here is a list of famous people who’ve battled the disease in recent history. (The first confirmed cases of RA were probably in the late 1800s.)

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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.

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.

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Caroline Wozniacki Learned She Has Rheumatoid Arthritis After Waking Up ‘Unable to Move’

“I felt like I’d been hit by a car and had mono at the same time,” Wozniacki tells PEOPLE of that morning, when her husband had to carry her out of bed