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Latest by Lene Andersen, MSW

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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.

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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.

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Profile

Let Patients Help: Q&A With "e-Patient Dave"

HealthCentral talks to "e-Patient Dave," an advocate who empowers people with medical conditions to become active in their healthcare.

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Living With

Environmental and Geographic Influences on RA

New studies show that where you live and the environment in which you live - such as highly polluted areas - can be the reason why you have RA.

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Complications

The Secret to RA May Be in Your Mouth

Learn more about how your oral health may trigger rheumatoid arthritis, and how RA can affect your teeth.

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Living With

Depression and Chronic Illness: A Real Discussion

A HealthCentral contributor’s experience with depression due to living with multiple sclerosis. How she deals, and how you can, too.

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Living With

Exercise With Severe RA: Making Tea Counts

Sometimes getting out of bed with severe rheumatoid arthritis can be exercise enough - so don’t be so hard on yourself.

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How To Deal With Unsolicited RA Advice

Living with RA is like being pregnant: Other people will always have an opinion about how you live your life with your condition.

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Second Opinion

Not All Rheumatoid Arthritis Is the Same

Just because you can walk, run, or have children with rheumatoid arthritis, doesn’t mean your experience isn't valid. Everyone with RA deserves support.