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Take back control from RA

With today_s options, you can leave limitations behind and embrace every day with confidence!

Health Monitor Staff

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Picking up your child or grandchild. Taking that dream vacation. Today, there's no reason to let rheumatoid arthritis stand in your way. Thanks to advanced treatment options, it's possible to wake up feeling better than ever. Just ask Leslie Bonin: "I haven't had a flare in eight years. My symptoms are so well controlled'my turnaround has been amazing," says the 54-year-old lawyer. "When I first started seeing Dr. Feldman, my joints hurt all day."

In fact, the New Orleans resident almost gave up on law after she was diagnosed with RA while in school. It took several years before she found the treatment that helped her turn the corner. So what kept her going? "My faith in Dr. Feldman. She helped me accept that we'd have to try different therapies. But she was confident that we'd find one that worked."

Find your path to relief
Because RA is an autoimmune disease that changes in your body over time, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. "Although your symptoms may be similar to those of a friend, it's not always the exact same disease process and won't always respond to the same medication," explains Leslie's rheumatologist, Madelaine Feldman, MD. That's because RA causes your immune system'which normally fights invaders such as viruses'to attack healthy joint
tissue, resulting in pain and inflammation.

Since different medications target different areas of the immune system, your doctor may need to try a few options to find the one that's right for you.

Don't give up, says Dr. Feldman: "Our goal is not only to relieve your symptoms, but also to slow the progression of RA. And if we can control it in the early stages, we can actually prevent joint damage."

Go from "good enough" to "great'!
You don't have to suffer or settle for a life that's "good enough." But you do have to talk openly with your doctor about how you're feeling'and how you'd like to feel. "Don't be discouraged if you're not where you want to be," says Dr. Feldman. "Our goal is to get you the treatment that will put you in remission. You just need to work with your doctor to find it.'
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