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Latest by Lene Andersen, MSW

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Relationships

Let’s Talk About Sex With RA Meds

Rheumatoid arthritis medications can have a big impact on your sex life. Fortunately, modifying your treatment can likely help.

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Diagnosis

Important Facts About Diagnosing RA

A rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis is not always straightforward. These are the tests and considerations you may need along your journey.

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Living With

Taking Pride in Your RA Body

If you’re feeling down because rheumatoid arthritis has taken a visible toll on your body, don't let shame overshadow your strength.

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Treatment

Can Antibiotics Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis?

For some people with low RA disease activity, the antibiotic minocycline may help. Here's what you should know about whether it could work for you.

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Medication

Fatty Liver From Methotrexate?

If you're taking methotrexate and battling extra weight, you could be at risk of developing fatty liver disease, which can lead to liver damage.

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Living With

Managing RA After Childbirth

If you live with rheumatoid arthritis, you may wonder how you'll cope with being a parent. Here's what you should know about RA after childbirth.

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Treatment

Methotrexate for RA: What You Should Know

Methotrexate is the gold standard treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. Here's everything you should know about this chemotherapy before you start taking it.

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Alternative Treatment

Vitamin D May Help Rheumatoid Arthritis

Vitamin D offers benefits to people living with rheumatoid arthritis. Find out how you can test your vitamin D levels to make sure you're getting enough.

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Complications

Have Back Pain With Rheumatoid Arthritis?

If you live with rheumatoid arthritis and also experience lower back pain, here's what you should know and what you can do to ease the pain.

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Chronic Life

Mother’s Day When You Can't Have Children

Mother’s Day is a day of celebration — but for those who can’t bear children because of a chronic condition like rheumatoid arthritis, it can be a struggle.