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Latest by Lene Andersen, MSW

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Living With

My RA Made Me Do It

10 really great things about having RA.

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Tests

Taking the Ouch Out of Blood Tests

In the lab again to check on your rheumatoid arthritis? We've got six tips to make those blood draw easier.

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Living With

A Very Personal Take on RA

The world isn't geared toward the chronically ill. Instead, we have to carve out our place. And after five decades of living with RA, our new columnist Lene Andersen has some things to say about that.

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Complications

What You Need to Know About RA and Pregnancy

Can you take your medication while pregnant? Will you pass RA to your baby? Will your condition get worse during pregnancy? Read on to learn the answers.

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Complications

Why Your RA Doctor Needs to Know About That Annoying Dry Cough—Now

If you have rheumatoid arthritis, you have a strong chance of developing interstitial lung disease. That’s right, your joint condition can actually have a big impact on how you breathe. Here, the symptoms to watch for—and five ways to reduce your risk.

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Self Care

5 Meditation Tips for Beginners

These meditation tips will help you stick with your practice and cope with your rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, too.

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Patient and Partner

Why kidney cancer survivor Dave deBronkart preaches the e-patient gospel.

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Living With

The Incredible Pain-Killing Powers of Orgasm

It’s difficult to harness the feel-good effects of sex when rheumatoid arthritis is in the room. We’ve got some strategies for getting in the mood and finding the pleasure that can trump your pain.

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Support Systems

Yes, You Need Help for Your RA, but You Are Not Helpless

There is no maximum number of ‘asks’ when it comes to needing help from a loved one, so why does it often feel uncomfortable to make yet another request?

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Alternative Treatment

Taking CBD Oil for RA

CBD oil comes from the cannabis plant, and it's an increasingly popular alternative treatment for people with chronic pain from RA.