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11. Caring for Yourself in Arthritis

Living with arthritis can be tough. It affects you physically and emotionally, and also can impact all of the practical aspects of your life. Moreover, when it comes to arthritis care, everyone is different: What works for one person may not work for you—so experiment, and come up with a

10. Alternative Arthritis Treatments

Alternative treatment options—also known as complementary therapies—can be a good adjunct to medication when it comes to managing arthritis symptoms. Some of the options address physical causes of pain, but don’t forget that chronic pain is complicated. In arthritis, tissue inflammation, bone erosion, and nerve impingement can combine to “rewire”

4. Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease involving joints and other organs in the body. It affects about 1.5 million Americans and 1 percent of the population worldwide, causing chronic pain, joint deformity, and significant disability.
What Happens in Rheumatoid Arthritis?
The disease process of RA is complex and not fully

7. Foot/Ankle Pain

Given the complexity of the foot (26 bones, 33 joints, and 120 muscles, ligaments, and nerves) and the pressure put on a foot with each step (up to five times the body’s weight), it is not surprising that 75 percent of people in the U.S. have foot pain sooner or

Ask the Experts: Baker’s Cyst; Diet & Arthritis, Easing Depression

Q: I’ve recently noticed a slight bulge behind my knee. I have osteoarthritis in the joint, and I’m wondering if the swelling is connected to this?
A: It sounds as if you may have a baker’s cyst. These occur due to a buildup of synovial fluid (a viscous fluid that lubricates

6. Medication for Arthritis

illions of Americans suffer on a daily basis from the pain, reduced mobility, and loss of function caused by arthritis. The condition can significantly affect work, leisure, and home life. Chronic pain, a common feature in arthritis, can rob the sufferer of his or her joy and zest for life.

4. Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease involving joints and other organs in the body. It is a cause of chronic pain, joint deformity, and significant disability affecting about 1.5 million Americans and 1 percent of the population worldwide. Women are affected three times more often than men,

Successfully Managing Rheumatoid Arthritis

If you’re female, you have a significantly increased risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA)—about 75 percent of people with RA are women.

“While it is well known that RA is more common in women than in men, the reason for this is not understood,” says Susan Goodman, MD, a rheumatologist at

Newsbriefs: Fish for RA; GI Bleeding

Fish Associated With RA Improvements
A recent small study (Arthritis Care & Research, June 21) suggests that regularly eating fish may help relieve rheumatoid arthritis (RA) symptoms. The 176 study participants completed a questionnaire assessing their usual diet during the previous year. Their fish consumption—which was counted only if fish was

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