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Medication

Busting Myths About RA Pain and Opioids

Learn the truth behind the myths and stigmas around opioid painkillers and rheumatoid arthritis pain.

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Second Opinion

Dependent Upon Opioids: A Call for Resistance

Get a perspective from the other side of the opioid crisis, where these medications provide vital relief for people with chronic pain.

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Living With

People With Chronic Pain Talk About Opioids

News coverage of the opioid crisis rarely includes the voices of Americans who rely on these prescriptions for chronic pain. Here's what they have to say.

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Symptoms

How to Track Your RA Symptoms

Living with rheumatoid arthritis means not knowing how you'll feel tomorrow. Tracking your symptoms can help. Here's how to get started.

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Nutrition

A Delicious Home Remedy For Your RA

Can you reduce rheumatoid arthritis pain and inflammation by eating tart cherries or drinking tart cherry juice? The evidence says yes!

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Treatment

Can You Imagine an RA-Free Future?

With precision medicine, it may eventually be possible to diagnose RA before any symptoms appear, and preventative treatments may be tailored to you.

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Treatment

All About RA Treatment Options

If your current rheumatoid arthritis treatment isn’t working, maybe it’s time to consider one of these other options.

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Risk Factors

Avoid Infection While Taking Biologics for RA

Immunosuppressive medications help control rheumatoid arthritis, but they put you at risk of infection. Learn how to boost your immune system while treating RA.

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Preventive Care

How Women Can Stay Healthy With RA

If you're a woman with rheumatoid arthritis, you may be at risk of other chronic conditions. Here's how you can protect your health.

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Chronic Life

Women Are More Likely to Have Chronic Disease

Find out what chronic disease is costing American women — in finances and life — and what we can do to prevent it.