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Treatment

Seeing a Pain Specialist for RA

Treating rheumatoid arthritis doesn’t begin and stop with a rheumatologist. A pain specialist is also an important part of your care team.

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Alternative Treatment

Can Gluten-Free Diets Help Control RA?

Some people with rheumatoid arthritis say eating gluten-free helps control their symptoms. Here's how to decide if you should go gluten free.

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Alternative Treatment

Drunken Raisins to Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis

Do raisins soaked in gin actually reduce RA pain? The jury is still out on the science, but some people swear by this home remedy.

Uncover the facts
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.