Arthritis Self-Management Extra Archive

Welcome to Arthritis Self-Management Extra, your source of breaking news and authoritative information about the more than 100 types of arthritis and arthritis-related conditions. Every other week, we bring you the practical information you need to manage your arthritis and improve your overall health and well-being.

March 24, 2021

Breaking News

New Lupus Drug Approved

The big news in the arthritis world is the approval of belimumab (Benlysta) for the treatment of lupus. A biologic drug, Benlysta is the first medicine to be approved to treat lupus in more than 50 years.... Read more »

Taking Healthy Steps

Cooking With Ease

Arthritis can present many challenges in the kitchen, whether you struggle to open cans and containers, find it difficult to grip the tools you need, or are simply unable to stand at the stove for long stretches of time because of pain in your knees or hips. But preparing a meal at home can be pain-free if you make a few changes.... Read more »

Living Well

Tips for Smart Food Shopping

Most of us also spend more money on foods and beverages than we need to. Why? We may be tempted to blame rising food costs, but it’s the way we buy food that really empties our wallets. We buy foods we don’t need, and we waste a good portion of what we buy. Fortunately, there are several ways to lower your grocery bill.... Read more »

Featured Recipe

Italian Meatballs

One key to easy cooking is to prepare dishes ahead of time and freeze them. Make a batch of these tasty meatballs for the next time you need an easy supper. Just thaw, reheat, and serve with pasta and a salad.... Read more »

Featured Definition

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Commonly known as lupus, systemic lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system attacks the body's own tissues, affecting the joints, the skin, and various organs in the body.... Read more »

March 10, 2021

Breaking News

New FDA Warning on Acid Reducers

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), the stomach acid–reducers that include esomeprazole (Nexium) and omeprazole (Prilosec), are among the most commonly prescribed drugs in the United States. Now the US Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning about the risk of magnesium deficiency in people taking these drugs for long periods.... Read more »

Taking Healthy Steps

Getting a Good Night's Sleep

If you are one of those lucky folks who have no problem getting to sleep, staying asleep, or waking up rested, you may not appreciate how precious a good night’s sleep can be. But if you're one of the many people with arthritis for whom pain, stiffness, and stress contribute to sleep problems, you know all too well what you're missing. Fortunately, there are strategies that can help you sleep better.... Read more »

Living Well

What Is Quality of Life?

People often use the phrase “quality of life” as a catchall term without having a good idea of what it means. Use of such familiar language may seem to make for effective communication (surely we all know what a good quality of life is), but it may not do justice to how profoundly arthritis can change your circumstances.... Read more »

Featured Recipe

Chocolate Pudding Cake

For many people, chocolate is one of life's great pleasures. The next time you have a chocolate craving, indulge it with a serving of this homemade but easy-to-prepare pudding cake.... Read more »

Featured Definition


A crater-like sore in tissue, most commonly referring to such a sore in the stomach or upper part of the small intestine. Using a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug for arthritis pain raises the risk of developing an ulcer.... Read more »

In This Issue


Antidepressant Eases OA Pain


Arthritis Self-Help: What Are My Choices?


Living (Reasonably Well) With Pain




Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate Test

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