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The Real RA: A Personal Look

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2. Effective Medications

Countless studies and clinical trials have proved it: DMARDs and biologic medications are highly effective at slowing the progression of rheumatoid arthritis. In fact, Shannan attributes her lack of significant joint damage to them, and Jennifer was able to regain her active lifestyle when she started biologics.

But treatment isn't as easy as picking a medication and sticking with it; many patients try various medications and end up using a cocktail of different drugs, along with beneficial lifestyle choices, to minimize pain and joint damage. Check out this clip to learn what’s worked for Shannan, Jennifer and Irene.

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To dull pain, a person with RA should use ice first, to reduce swelling and tenderness, and heat after the swelling has gone down, to relieve stiffness and soreness.