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Vitamin D supplements.
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.

Woman with low back pain.
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.

A dog with question marks around its head.
Lifestyle

10 Things Even RA Vets May Not Know

There have been so many developments in rheumatoid arthritis over the last decade that even RA veterans may not be up to date. Here's what you should know.

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Risk Factors

Taking RA Medications During Pregnancy

Can rheumatoid arthritis medications harm a growing fetus when you're pregnant? Find out which RA medications are safe.

A woman holding a newborn baby's feet.
Complications

What You Need to Know About RA and Pregnancy

Can you take your medication while pregnant? Will you pass RA to your baby? Will your condition get worse during pregnancy? Read on to learn the answers.

Woman takes a self-defense class.
Living With

Learning Self-Defense With Chronic Pain

Living with a chronic illness can make it hard to resist an attack. So how can you learn self-defense in a way that fits your needs? Follow these tips.

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Travel

10 Tips for Traveling with RA Medication

It can be a challenge to travel with rheumatoid arthritis medications. Follow these tips for packing and prepping your RA medications on your next trip.

Julia Chayko appearing in the show "Yesteryear."
Profile

5 RA Questions With Actress Julie Chayko

Learn how she pushes through her rheumatoid arthritis to continue dancing, acting, and performing on stage in front of a live audience.

Coworkers talk behind a woman's back in an office.
Complications

Don't Judge Me Because I Have RA

Words can hurt when the people around you don't understand what it's like to have rheumatoid arthritis. Here's how to cope with judgement and bullying.