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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Osteoarthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis? How to Tell

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wrist pain
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OA Is “Wear-and-Tear” Arthritis


inflammation
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RA Is a Systemic Disease


OA spine
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OA Affects Weight-Bearing Joints (Plus Hands)


RA feet
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RA Starts in the Hands and Feet, Then Hits Larger Joints


getting up stiff
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OA Symptoms Include Joint Pain


fatigue
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RA Has Joint Pain—Plus Much More


Lateral X-ray of lumbar spine spondylosis
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OA Creates Bone


RA hands
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RA Erodes Bone


OA x-ray
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OA Is Diagnosed With X-rays


blood test
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RA Is Diagnosed With Blood Tests


walking exercise
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OA Treatments Are Largely About Lifestyle and Relieving Pain


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RA Treatments Are Disease-Modifying Drugs


Jerilyn Covert

Jerilyn Covert

Jerilyn Covert is a writer, editor, and copy editor with 15 years of publishing experience. She’s written hundreds of articles for Men’s Health (where she was an editor for more than 10 years), Women’s Health, Runner’s World, ONE37pm, Whiskey Advocate, Silver Sneakers, and many more. She’s insatiably curious and loves interviewing people who know a lot more than she does. She shares their insights and advice so others can use them to improve their lives.