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Medication

Busting Myths About RA Pain and Opioids

Learn the truth behind the myths and stigmas around opioid painkillers and rheumatoid arthritis pain.

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Living With

People With Chronic Pain Talk About Opioids

News coverage of the opioid crisis rarely includes the voices of Americans who rely on these prescriptions for chronic pain. Here's what they have to say.

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Nutrition

A Delicious Home Remedy For Your RA

Can you reduce rheumatoid arthritis pain and inflammation by eating tart cherries or drinking tart cherry juice? The evidence says yes!

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Treatment

Can You Imagine an RA-Free Future?

With precision medicine, it may eventually be possible to diagnose RA before any symptoms appear, and preventative treatments may be tailored to you.

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Preventive Care

How Women Can Stay Healthy With RA

If you're a woman with rheumatoid arthritis, you may be at risk of other chronic conditions. Here's how you can protect your health.

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Diagnosis

Important Facts About Diagnosing RA

A rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis is not always straightforward. These are the tests and considerations you may need along your journey.

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Living With

Taking Pride in Your RA Body

If you’re feeling down because rheumatoid arthritis has taken a visible toll on your body, don't let shame overshadow your strength.

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Treatment

Methotrexate for RA: What You Should Know

Methotrexate is the gold standard treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. Here's everything you should know about this chemotherapy before you start taking it.

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Lifestyle

10 Things Even RA Vets May Not Know

There have been so many developments in rheumatoid arthritis over the last decade that even RA veterans may not be up to date. Here's what you should know.

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Risk Factors

Taking RA Medications During Pregnancy

Can rheumatoid arthritis medications harm a growing fetus when you're pregnant? Find out which RA medications are safe.