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.

August 5, 2021

Breaking News

OA Pain Linked With Worse Mental Health

Do you ever find that your osteoarthritis (OA) pain feels worse when you are "feeling down"? A recent study surveyed people with OA and found that how they felt mentally had a significant effect on how much pain they had in their joints.... Read more »

The Mind-Body Connection

How to Thrive With Mind-Body Techniques

A diagnosis of arthritis can mean a lifetime of medicines, frequent doctor visits, and changes in lifestyle. And that’s in addition to joint pain, stiffness, and other symptoms. The best treatment for people with a chronic condition involves not just the body but also the mind and the spirit. This article will introduce you to some powerful mind-body techniques that can help you cope with the pain, physical limitations, and sometimes unsettling emotions you may face.... Read more »

Feeling Good

The Benefits of Massage

Many people think of massage as a luxury, but done correctly, it can help people with arthritis reduce pain and stiffness and improve their overall well-being. Perhaps you haven’t tried massage yet because you don’t know what to expect or are not sure it's is a good idea for your joint pain and inflammation. This article takes a look at these valid concerns and shows how massage can be an important part of effective arthritis management.... Read more »

Featured Recipe

Blueberry Crisp

High in fiber and vitamin C, blueberries are at the peak of their season in midsummer. Pick up a quart at your local market and whip up this sweet and easy treat.... Read more »

Featured Definition


A state of deep relaxation and focus in which a person is particularly responsive to suggestion. Therapy using hypnosis can ease problems such as phobias, stress, and pain.... Read more »

July 22, 2021

Breaking News

Risk of Liver Damage With Leflunomide

Recent reports of liver damage in people taking leflunomide (Arava) have prompted the FDA to expand its warnings about the drug, which is used to treat RA. People taking leflunomide are advised to be vigilant for signs of liver damage and to have their liver function checked periodically at their doctor's office.... Read more »


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). However, being diagnosed with a chronic health condition profoundly changes individuals and their circumstances, and colloquial, superficial language can leave them feeling worse rather than better. So what is quality of life, and how can we speak about it meaningfully?... Read more »

Living Well With RA

Diagnosis RA: Preparing for the Road Ahead

If you were recently diagnosed with RA, you might be asking yourself, “Now what do I do?” And if you are, you're not alone. A diagnosis of a chronic disease can be difficult to come to terms with, as you wonder why this has happened to you and how your life will change as a result. This article offers tried-and true advice from a counselor who specializes in working with people who are facing medical diagnoses.... Read more »

Featured Recipe

Summer Salsa

Using a blender or food processor makes preparing your own salsa a snap — and when sweet corn is in season, nothing can beat this recipe's sweet and spicy flavor.... Read more »

Featured Definition

Lyme Disease

An inflammatory infection, transmitted by blacklegged ticks (also known as deer ticks), that can cause acute or recurring arthritis-like symptoms.... 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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