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.

June 5, 2021

Breaking News

Stomach Acid-Reducers May Raise Fracture Risk

People who take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for arthritis pain are at higher risk for stomach ulcers. For this reason, many also take proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs), common heartburn drugs that can prevent ulcers. But according to the Food and Drug Administration, PPIs may also raise the risk for bone fractures in the hips, wrists, and spine.... Read more »

Living Well With RA

Exercise and Rheumatoid Arthritis

For years, people with RA believed they shouldn't exercise. In recent decades, research has shown that exercise is actually an essential part of RA management. The joint pain and muscle weakness that are characterize RA can bring about a progressive loss of joint motion and muscle strength. So can inactivity. Put RA and inactivity together, and you end up with much greater motion and strength losses than you’d get from either one alone.... Read more »

Taking Healthy Steps

Motivating Yourself to Exercise

You know exercise is good for your arthritis, but you haven’t found a way to include it in your daily routine. Perhaps you’ve tried to make a habit of exercise but haven’t been able to keep it up. Whatever the reason for the lack of exercise in your life, you know you could get moving if you wanted to. You just haven’t.... Read more »

Featured Recipe

Strawberry Smoothie

In many parts of the country, strawberries are coming into season. Pick up a pint of juicy gems and enjoy them in this refreshing, calcium-rich drink.... Read more »

Featured Definition

Physical Therapist

A professional licensed to assist in the examination, testing, and treatment of people with conditions that interfere with physical activity.... Read more »

May 20, 2021

Breaking News

Price of Gout Drug Rises

The prescription drug colchicine, used for more than 100 years to relieve gout pain, has recently been officially approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to treat gout flares. That means that URL Pharma, the company that conducted the safety testing and that makes the Colcrys brand of colchicine, has temporary market exclusivity — and as a result, the price has gone up dramatically.... Read more »


Knee and Hip OA: Which Treatments Work?

There is no shortage of possible treatments for knee and hip OA. In fact, people with knee or hip OA have dozens of treatment options at their disposal. But which of these options should they choose? Which are most effective? A panel of experts has done the research and published guidelines to help people sort through the many options.... Read more »

Living Well With RA

Managing RA Flare-Ups

If you have RA, you take medicines to help keep symptoms such as joint pain and inflammation under control. But even people whose RA is well-controlled most of the time experience occasional flare-ups, or flares, when symptoms such as pain and stiffness are heightened. Fortunately, there are ways to manage flares so that they have less of an impact on your life.... Read more »

Featured Recipe

Tasty Turkey Burgers

Instead of serving the typical fat- and calorie-laden hamburger at your next cookout, grill up some of these lean and delicious turkey burgers.... Read more »

Featured Definition


Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) that doesn’t respond adequately to conventional therapy. RA is usually considered refractory if it doesn’t respond to a relatively new class of drugs called TNF inhibitors.... 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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