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415 0 0 0 1. 748 0 0 0 2. 624 0 0 0 1. 47 0 0 0 13 6. 5 0 1 0 6. That’s no shocker: It makes sense that living with chronic pain, and potential disability, can make you feel helpless and hopeless. The good news is that treating the depression can improve your quality of life, and maybe even ease joint pain and inflammation associated with RA.

One study from researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine found that people with RA who had «persistent or recurrent» depression were at least twice as likely to die during the study period as their counterparts who were not depressed. Treating the underlying depression can be as important as treating your RA,» says Martin J. Bergman, MD, the chief of the division of rheumatology at Taylor Hospital, in Ridley Park, Penn. Well, a small study suggests that frequent sighing can be one sign in people with RA.

In a 2011 study of 13 people with RA, University of Arizona researchers found that frequent sighing was linked to depression, but not connected to pain or the number of flare-up days. The study subjects wore recording devices around the clock on two separate weekends. While the study is preliminary, sighing could be a marker for depression in RA patients, the authors conclude. So it is possible that the inflammation causing the RA also causes depression. TNF blockers are widely used to treat RA, and it’s possible they may also mitigate some symptoms of depression, says Dr. Bergman, who receives speaking and consultation fees from the makers of TNF blockers.