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The Status Update, Book Review

Book review of The Status Update by Sonia J. Buck

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

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Prescription drug take-back day

It’s prescription drug take-back day in the U.S. Safely dispose of any unneeded or expired medications by dropping them off at a prescription drug take-back site October 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. National prescription drug take-back day The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sponsors the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative in the U.S. to provide a safe ...Read More

Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain Persists

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This is Part 3 of a series on Rheumatoid Disease / Rheumatoid Arthritis pain. In Part 1 we looked at the role of pain in the disease. Part 2 examines a popular study on Remaining Pain and poses 12 reasons that current explanations for Remaining Pain are wrong. In Part 3, we’ll see that the ...Read More

Remaining Pain in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Remaining Pain in RA / RD

Studying Remaining Pain In part one of this series on the role of pain in rheumatoid arthritis / disease, we learned that “Remaining pain” is a term for joint pain that patients experience despite treatment with DMARDs like methotrexate or Enbrel. Today we discuss a large study about Remaining Pain in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) / rheumatoid disease ...Read More

The Role of Pain in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Role of Pain in Rheumatoid Arthritis

This is Part 1 in a series on the role of pain in rheumatoid arthritis / disease. What role does pain play in RA diagnosis? In disease assessment? In disease treatment? Let’s start with a history lesson… 2 kinds of medicines for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) In 2009, we discussed the need to both treat rheumatoid disease and ...Read More

Church Bells Ringing True

Church Bells

Church Bells by Carrie Underwood rings true for many Someone sent me a link to Carrie Underwood’s Church Bells music video (below) when it came out. I watched a large crowd with an incredible response. Then I learned the lyrics and I watched the song climb the charts to number one. I wondered aloud whether so ...Read More

Curing Rheumatoid Arthritis in Mice and Men

Curing rheumatoid arthritis

Are we curing rheumatoid arthritis in mice? This post is in response to a comment from Robert about a new way for curing rheumatoid arthritis. He wrote: “A university in Switzerland has cured RA in mice, as of August 2014. Clinical trials in humans were due to start this year. Not a word since. [Link to ...Read More

Just Do What You Can Do

Just Do What You Can

Can you be satisfied with “do what you can”? “Just like magic, I’ll be flying free. I’mma disappear when they come for me”* All of my life I’ve been a "do what you can," as-much-as-you-can soul. I never fancied disappearing because I wanted to make a positive impact and I thrive on making a difference. That’s my name ...Read More

Prednisone Dosage Case Study

Prednisone Dosage Case Study. Prednisone bottle with Superman symbol

Prednisone dosage varies Last time we discussed the varying positive and negative effects of prednisone, and some strategies for finding a workable dose. Prednisone dosage varies significantly, from 5mg to 60mg, even for similar conditions. One reason for that is the varying response in patients. Doses vary because effectiveness and side effects vary significantly. I know ...Read More

Prednisone Effects: Your Results May Vary

Prednisone Effects - Your Results May Vary

Prednisone effects can seem miraculous. But does it work for everyone? At what dose? And at what cost? Here are some basic facts on prednisone and links for more information on specific questions you may have. Desired prednisone effects Prednisone and similar corticosteroids like prednisolone are extremely effective at reducing inflammation in most people. Steroids are considered ...Read More

5 Reasons Disease Awareness Matters

5 Reasons Disease Awareness Matters with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Disease awareness matters because people just don’t know Disease awareness for “invisible illnesses” like rheumatoid disease (RD) can be pretty dismal. I’m the first to admit I had no idea what RD was when I was diagnosed. And, I’ve actually been stunned a few times by how little people with other invisible illnesses know about RD. Once ...Read More

Why We Need More Potassium and How to Get It

Why We Need More Potassium and How to Get It

Recent studies show potassium supplementation may reduce pain for some patients. The use of corticosteroids is another reason people with chronic illness may need more potassium. First some very basic background information. If you’re trying to lower sodium, you may need more potassium In order for cells to function properly, potassium must be higher in concentration inside ...Read More