What Is 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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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 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.
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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.
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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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13 Foods That Fight Inflammation

Out-of-control inflammation can lead to obesity, heart disease, and cancer, among other conditions. Here's what inflammation actually is, and what to eat to fight it.
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The 4 Best Diets to Try If You Have an Autoimmune Disease

If you have an autoimmune disease like celiac disease, Crohn's, or rheumatoid arthritis, eating or avoiding certain foods really can make a difference in your symptoms.
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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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This May Be Why Women Are Far More Likely to Get Autoimmune Diseases

Researchers have discovered hundreds of genes that express themselves differently in women, promoting their risk for disorders like psoriasis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and more.
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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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Are you suffering from tender, aching joints? From gout to rheumatoid arthritis to psoriatic arthritis, pinpoint the cause of your joint pain with this guide.
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