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Rheumatoid Arthritis: Finding Words to Describe an Invisible Illness

You look good but feel bad. How do you explain RA to others when you don’t look sick? By D.Z. Stone Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a painful, chronic inflammatory disease that can damage joints throughout the body but often has little impact on patients’ outer appearance— leaving them looking healthy…
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A Polite Way of Saying “Incurable”

By Clementine von Radics When I was 21 years old, my writing career took off. I quit my day job, published my first book, and immediately started working on my second. I felt like I was on top of the world or at least on my way to it. I…
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Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis: What You See and What You Don’t

Psoriatic disease affects women physically and emotionally. By Heather Johnson Durocher It’s the simple, everyday tasks that can prove particu­larly frustrating for Jaime Moy, a Detroit, Michigan–area mom who lives with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. “It’s very difficult when you’re the type of person who is used to doing everything…
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Advice for Travelers with Rheumatoid Arthritis: It Is All in the Planning

By D. Z. Stone Social Media and Editorial Director CreakyJoints Relax—take a vacation. It is advice that’s often easier said than done. Travel can be stressful in the best of circumstances. So how can someone with a chronic illness such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) manage to travel and actually enjoy…
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Living and Thriving with RA: Lene Andersen

Lene Andersen, 51 Toronto, Canada I don’t remember a time before RA (rheumatoid arthritis). Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) Is a debilitating autoimmune disease that affects approximately 1.3 million people in the United States, striking women three times more often than men. The disease causes the immune system to attack healthy body…
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Living and Thriving with RA: Sandi Davis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a debilitating autoimmune disease that affects approximately 1.3 million people in the United States, striking women three times more often than men. The disease causes the immune system to attack healthy body tissue, leading to damage to joints and organs. Patients with RA can experience fatigue,…
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Supplement with Care

By Mia James Maybe you’re thinking that dietary supplements—vitamins and herbs—sound like a healthy addition to your nutrition and wellness plan. Some supplements may offer benefit, but there can be more to these unassuming capsules than you realize. Dietary supplements can actually cause serious side effects, including negative interactions with…
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Becoming a Practiced Patient-A guide to living well with chronic disease

By Mia James When you’re living with a chronic disease, managing your health is a complex and often daunting task. You may feel better prepared for the challenge if you’re educated about your diagnosis and treatment options and take an active role in making decisions about your care. In doing…
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Nutrition and RA: A Personal Prescription

Rebecca Manno, MD, MHS, assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Rheumatology at Johns Hopkins University, addresses some common questions and misperceptions about the role of nutrition in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Q: Can a specific type of diet or certain foods cause RA? A: In terms disease onset, there…
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Living and Thriving with RA

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a debilitating autoimmune disease that affects approximately 1.3 million people in the United States, striking women three times more often than men. The disease causes the immune system to attack healthy body tissue, leading to damage to joints and organs. Patients with RA can experience fatigue,…

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