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Diagnosis

How to Help Your Doctor Diagnose RA Faster

People with rheumatoid arthritis often have a long journey to an accurate diagnosis. These are the steps you can take to speed the process.

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Lifestyle

Exercises for All Levels of RA Pain

If rheumatoid arthritis pain makes it hard to get the exercise you need, try one of these RA exercises for every pain level.

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Living With

My Secret Coping Mechanism for RA

When rheumatoid arthritis pain creeps in, it’s hard to handle the rest of the world. That’s when this mom indulges her guilty pleasure: chocolate truffles.

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Living With

6 Reasons to Attend an Advocacy Conference

Attending an advocacy conference for chronic illness can seem intimidating. Here are 6 reasons why it's well worth the effort.

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Supplements

Good Sources of Vitamin D for RA

If you have rheumatoid arthritis, make sure you're getting enough vitamin D through sunshine, supplements, and your diet.

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Baby

Caring for a Newborn When You Have RA

Caring for a newborn when you have rheumatoid arthritis can seen downright daunting. These moms with RA speak candidly — and tell you it is possible.

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Relationships

How to Feel Sexy When You're Hurting

Rheumatoid arthritis takes a toll on your body and your sex life. These 5 tips can help you connect with your lover despite your chronic condition.

Rheumatoid Arthritis:  Why Don't They Understand What I Am Going Through?
Relationships

Why Don't They Understand What I Am Going Through?

The things that family, friends, and coworkers can say that are hurtful, and leave us wondering how they don’t understand.

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Relationships

Building a Better Relationship With RA

Your relationship with rheumatoid arthritis evolves over the years. Here's how to change your view of living with RA to be more positive.

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Relationships

How to Have a Sex Life With RA

Rheumatoid arthritis can really complicate your sex life. Here's why honest communication with your partner is so important.