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Marianna Paulson, B.Ed., B.P.E.-O.R.

Patient Expert

Marianna Paulson is known as AuntieStress. On her website, you’ll find links to her two award-winning blogs, Auntie Stress Café and A Rheumful of Tips. When she is not helping clients (and herself) address stress, she keeps active by swimming, dog walking, and taking frequent dance breaks. She takes steps in a number of different directions in order to work on being a “Superager.” She may have RA, but it doesn’t have her! “Choose to be optimistic. It feels better.” - Dalai Lama XIV

Latest by Marianna Paulson, B.Ed., B.P.E.-O.R.

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Complications

Can Rheumatoid Arthritis Cause Hearing Loss?

Studies show that people with rheumatoid arthritis are more likely to have hearing loss. Here's what you can do if you think you might be affected.

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Living With

This Year (With RA) is Gonna Be Great!

Repeat after me: “I can choose to live better with my RA.” Got it? Good. Here are 10 choices to consider this new year to help you get started right now.

Meals prepared in advance make life with RA easier.
Nutrition

Meal Prep in a Snap With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Smart meal prep can make cooking easier, but what if you have rheumatoid arthritis? These tips will take stress — and joint pain — off the menu.

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Alternative Treatment

How Essential Oils Can Help Your RA

Essential oils not only smell delightful, but they can also help with rheumatoid arthritis symptoms like sleeplessness, muscle tightness, and headaches.

Woman holds her sore wrist from RA hand pain.
Treatment

Home Remedies for RA Hand Pain and Stiffness

Pain and swelling in your hands can be par for the course with rheumatoid arthritis. These simple at-home remedies can make all the difference.

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Treatment

Choosing The Right RA Treatment For You

If you feel overwhelmed by all the rheumatoid arthritis treatment options available, these tips can help you find the ones that work best for you.

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Doctor & Patient

Is Your Doctor's Office RA-Friendly?

When you live with rheumatoid arthritis, you spend a lot of time at the doctor’s office. Here's how to make sure yours can accommodate your RA needs.

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Alternative Treatment

Break the RA Pain Cycle — With Your Mind

It may seem impossible, but just as you trained your brain to walk, or drive a car, you can push past the pain of your rheumatoid arthritis.

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Nutrition

Diet Challenges With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis can mess with your appetite, and your medications can make you gain weight. Follow these tips to improve your relationship with food.

A woman with brain fog clouds around her head.
Brain

Fight RA Brain Fog With These Tips

You’ve heard of “pregnancy brain” and “baby brain,” but did you know that “RA-brain” is a thing, too? These tips can help you overcome RA brain fog.