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.

December 2, 2021

Breaking News

One Pain Drug Removed, Another Approved

Recent FDA decisions affect two common drugs used to treat arthritis pain. The painkiller propoxyphene (Darvon, Darvocet) has been removed from the market because it was found to increase the risk of serious heart problems. In addition, the antidepressant duloxetine (Cymbalta) has won approval to treat chronic pain in the muscles and bones, including low back pain and pain caused by osteoarthritis.... Read more »

Living Well

Keeping Off the Holiday Pounds

This time of the year, our tables are laden with family favorites, traditional religious and ethnic foods, and tasty holiday confections. But all this wonderful food can be a source of unnecessary stress if you are worried about your weight. Can you enjoy the wonderful culinary pleasures of the holiday season without overindulging in food and drink? Yes, you can — here's how.... Read more »

Taking Healthy Steps

Winterizing Your Workout

You’ve laced up your sneakers, bounded through your warm-up cardio, and opened your front door — only to close it again because of the cold, gray rain pounding down outside. Cold weather can trip up even the most committed exerciser, but you don't have to let a chilly forecast stop you from staying active this winter.... Read more »

Featured Recipe

Slow Cooker Pork Stew

When it comes to no-fuss cooking, one of your greatest allies in the kitchen is the slow cooker. Use yours to cook up this hearty and delicious stew featuring tender pork and sweet apples.... Read more »

Featured Definition


Chemicals involved in the transmission of signals from nerve cells to other cells. Some antidepressant drugs affect the levels of certain neurotransmitters to improve mood and treat the pain of conditions such as fibromyalgia.... Read more »

November 11, 2021


A New Recall of Fentanyl Pain Patches

Skin patches containing the drug fentanyl are used by some people to treat chronic pain. But in recent years health officials have warned about the risks that these patches pose if defective or used incorrectly. Now there has been another recall of some defective generic fentanyl patches.... Read more »


100 Tips for Changing Your Life

Changing your habits and lifestyle isn't easy, but even small changes — such as using coupons to save money on healthful foods, keeping up with vaccinations and screening tests, and adding short bouts of physical activity to your day — can reap big rewards, especially when you add them up over time.... Read more »


Smoking and RA

It wasn’t long ago that smoking was considered harmless. We are all a lot wiser now. It is well established that smoking contributes to problems with the heart, blood vessels, and lungs and also raises the risk for some cancers, osteoporosis, and blindness. Furthermore, smoking is now considered a risk factor for developing RA.... Read more »


Cranberry Pie

A holiday meal just wouldn’t be complete without a sweet, seasonal treat for dessert. Whether you’re hosting or attending a potluck, this easy pie is sure to be a hit.... Read more »

Featured Definition


Drugs designed to relieve pain. Analgesics are generally classified as either narcotic or nonnarcotic, and narcotic analgesics are sometimes used to treat severe chronic pain that doesn’t respond adequately to other medicines.... Read more »

In This Issue

Breaking News

Many People Not Getting Recommended RA Drugs

Feeling Good


Living Well With RA

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Your Heart

Featured Recipe

Sweet Roasted Almonds

Featured Definition

Omega-3 Fatty Acid

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