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 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 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
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
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
Ever notice the way Rheumatoid Arthritis joint redness is depicted?
Pictures of joint redness that are supposed to be Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) have made me laugh out loud for years. Joint redness is often shown with a bright red touchup glow. Why do they paint the joints bright red like ketchup?
Maybe they can’t find a picture ...Read More
Welcome to the Rheumatoid Awareness Day Blog Carnival
This Rheumatoid Awareness Day Blog Carnival is in coordination with the Rheumatoid Awareness Day Blog Challenge by the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation. Many websites and blogs participated in RAD and published about #theRealRD facts. If you’ve published a post for RAD that’s not included here, you can leave your ...Read More
The significance of early symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
In 2009, I asked people with rheumatoid disease (PRD) to list the first symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis they had experienced. Over 800 people have commented, simply listing their first symptoms. There are also dozens of Onset Stories on RA Warrior. Our experiences with early symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis ...Read More
February 2, 2016 is the fourth annual Rheumatoid Awareness Day.
Happy Rheumatoid Awareness Day 2016
The theme for Rheumatoid Awareness Day 2016 is the real rheumatoid disease, abbreviated with the hashtag #TheRealRD. Seven facts illuminate the stark differences between the media version of rheumatoid arthritis and the rheumatoid disease that’s experienced by so many. Sharing these 7 ...Read More
Why wonder about 10 things I wish I knew 10 years ago?
January was my rheumaversary. Yes that’s a new word. But it’s pretty clear what it means. Over the past few months I’ve been pondering what it means to live a decade with unrelenting rheumatoid disease. What does my future hold? There is so much ...Read More
The 1st Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness pin is here!
We finally have a Rheumatoid Arthritis awareness pin / Rheumatoid Disease pin to wear. The digital version has been very popular over the past few years, but many asked me to get them a “real” pin.
It’s been a long road to get this just right, but I’m so happy ...Read More
Rheumatoid disease is not for the faint of heart. Just as 3 heartrending comments reminded me what a struggle it can be to keep fighting, RA Warriors began to grapple the shocking news of Glenn Frey’s cause of death. The Eagles’ website: “Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications ...Read More