This caught my eye while I was shopping today so I bought it. It's quite a long article and although mostly referring to OA - the last paragraph says "Rheumatoid Arthritis is more severe but less common.." and goes on to explain briefly how the body's immune system attacks the joints with RA. Nothing most of us here don't know of course but it's always good to see it mentioned in the media. One rheumatologist says that people with arthritis get it into their heads that they may be damaging their joints if they exercise them when they are painful but he says you need to push on through the pain barrier where possible because exercise has been proven to relieve some of the pain in the long run. This is very much in keeping with my own experience but I'm sure there must be a cut off point where it could do more harm than good. I note that the exercise most favoured is Pilates followed by tai chi so gentle exercise is probably the way to go - initially anyway.