Why look at rheumatoid arthritis CRP levels?
C-reactive protein, commonly called CRP, is a protein that can be produced by the liver in response to other immune activity, especially the increase of IL-6. CRP can rise quickly in response to many inflammatory conditions such as infections or injury, helping clear out dying cells or bacteria.
Blood tests for ...Read More
Has a shot for RA ever rocked your world?
I had a strange experience arriving for church Sunday. I woke up, got dressed, even fixed breakfast, and then somehow arrived fifteen minutes early. Why did it seem like I had all… the… time… in the world? It went back to last Thursday when I got a ...Read More
How do Rheumatoid Arthritis clinical trials work?
Clinical trials are research studies that test medications, devices, or procedures that may be used to treat a disease. Sometimes already approved medications are also tested in new ways. Rheumatoid Arthritis clinical trials not only help to create new treatments, but also help develop better ways of managing the ...Read More
How we got to a rheumatoid arthritis petition
When I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in 2006, I didn’t know anyone who had the disease. In a moment, my whole life changed. I had no idea what was going on or what was in store for me. I did not know what I should do ...Read More
RA Flare – fact or fiction?
If you want to laugh out loud, just Google RA Flare. No, not right now. Finish this first. Anyway, the topic of RA flare produces some very silly and contradictory discussions. For example Web MD offers How to Prevent Rheumatoid Arthritis Flares. If only.
So today we approach one of the most ...Read More
This is part 2 of a series on the systemic nature of rheumatoid disease, what’s often called rheumatoid arthritis complications. You can read part 1 here: Systemic Disease with Joint Symptoms.
First, Rheumatoid arthritis complications is not quite true
Referring to symptoms of a disease as “complications” is usually a distortion of the facts. I’ve explained before ...Read More
Recognizing a systemic disease with joint symptoms
Do you ever wrestle with the disease aspect of rheumatoid disease (RD) – a systemic disease with joint symptoms? From what I’ve seen doctors, patients, care givers, and the public all struggle to grasp the systemic nature of the disease. We don’t want to see ourselves as sick, and ...Read More
Driven to uncover RA facts
My search for facts about Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) led me to build this website. So many questions. So much misinformation, blame, and confusion out there. It all contributed to my passion for uncovering RA facts and making them clear.
I didn’t feel ready when I started writing this blog in 2009. There ...Read More
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New Biosimilars for Rheumatoid Arthritis
One of the hottest topics in rheumatology today is biosimilars to for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and other immune mediated diseases. Dozens of biosimilar medicines are in various stages of development and several are already in use in Europe and Asia. Let’s ...Read More
The paradox of Rheumatoid Arthritis progression
The term rheumatoid arthritis progression requires some explanation. Progress is the opposite of what we observe when rheumatoid disease evolves. It is the disease that progresses, not the patient. So the advancement of the disease actually leads to the worsening of the patient’s health.
The other obvious problem with the term ...Read More
How do we stand together?
The next installment of the same hearing about Roo’s health and well-being is Friday. I’m not able to share details, but the decisions before the court are crucial for my son. As I write this update to you, it feels like the Friday the 13th movie series. Is there really one ...Read More
The Status Update
I read The Status Update by Sonia J. Buck on my iPad recently. Did you know you could read a Kindle book on just about any device? You can bookmark, highlight, and make notes. And I did.
Most of my notes on The Status Update concern portions where I noticed insider knowledge about rheumatoid ...Read More