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An Unremarkable Reality: Scans Don’t Lie – or Do They?

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Show me your erosions or else Some of you may remember last year when we met Dr. Shrug who gave my foot an ultimatum: Show me a bone erosion, or no more DMARDs. We only ever saw the doc once (more than enough). It was Dr. Tylenol’s partner, who they scheduled us with since Dr. […]

HAPPY RHEUMATOID AWARENESS DAY 2014

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Rheumatoid Awareness Day (RAD) was yesterday February 2, but since the day fell on Sunday this year, the events continue this week. Today at 11 a.m. EST, I’ll co-host a Twitter chat in honor of Rheumatoid Awareness Day with EveryDay Health. Click here to read more or see how to participate. The hashtag is #HealthTalk. […]

3 Rules of Fair Play for People Living with Rheumatoid Disease

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Rheumatoid Awareness Day is only ONE day away. Join us this morning February 1 at 10 a.m. ET for a special Twitter #rheum chat. RPF is inviting clinicians, patients, and caregivers to Tweet at least once to help spread awareness. Join in by just adding “#rheum” to a Tweet – or click here to read […]

Not Actual Size – Rheumatoid Disease Is Not as Advertised

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Sometimes my #rheum disease and my silly sense of humor get all twisted together into a goofball smoothie. Anyone who’s spent time with me can attest to my devotion to silliness. I’ve been daydreaming about how food ads remind me of RD. I hope you’ll enjoy a little humorous diversion. Laughter makes a great defense […]

The Cricoarytenoid Joint and Rheumatoid Disease

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Speechless… the cricoarytenoid joint is commonly affected in Rheumatoid Disease Recently a small study from Brazil raised the topic of cricoarytenoid arthritis (CA), a little-recognized aspect of Rheumatoid Disease. In 2009, RAW first discussed CA with patients who expressed amazement that their vocal cord / larynx problems were related to their Rheumatoid Disease. There are […]

Rheumatoid Awareness: Judgmental Eye Rolls Versus Help & Compassion

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Treated like you’re fine when you’re not A comment this week by Lisa sums up one of the most important reasons we need awareness for Rheumatoid Disease, and one of the hardest to explain to others. “RD awareness would mean that I wouldn’t be treated like I am fine when I am not. It would […]

Genetics & Rheumatoid Disease: More Complicated Than Cancer?

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No one wants complicated answers, of course. But some answers are complicated, with multiple layers or causes. Like Rheumatoid Disease and childhood hearing loss. Instead of differing experiences of patients being  suspect, they should be valuable clues to answers we all seek. Answers and more questions The past few months have been a slow process […]

Vicks Vaporub Cure for a Disease That’s In Your Head Anyway

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I got something free with my Chinese food the other night when I went to pick up my egg rolls: advice. It was the end of a long, hard, day. I’d pushed myself hard to be moving at all with harsh stiffness and sharp pain in over a dozen joints. We’d been out that day […]

Rheumatoid Symptoms Persist Despite Treatment: a Study in Juveniles (JRA / JIA)

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In spite of treatment advances including biologics, children affected by Rheumatoid Disease still experience pain, stiffness, and fatigue that impacts their ability to function. The disease may not be as “controlled” as many doctors presume. This may not be news to you as a patient or caregiver, but as these researchers point out, it needs […]

Could Divorce Be One More Pain from Rheumatoid Disease?

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I’ve received several emails and messages from people living with Rheumatoid Disease (PRD) who have been divorced by a spouse, sometimes in part due to ways Rheumatoid Arthritis / Disease affects them. It’s sad to hear from a woman who can’t figure out how she’ll provide for her kids, or a mother whose kids were […]

Does Rheumatoid Pain Ever Wake You Up at Night?

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Rest & Rheumatoid Arthritis / Disease have an illogical relationship Rest is one of the most crucial weapons in fighting Rheumatoid Disease (RD). Adequate rest is an important factor for most people with Rheumatoid Disease (PRD) as they push themselves to continue doing as much as possible. We’ve talked about significant sleep issues with Rheumatoid […]

What Would Rheumatoid Awareness Mean to You?

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What difference do you think it would make if it Rheumatoid Disease were recognized for what it is by everyone – the general public, media and marketers, pharmaceutical companies, U.S. National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American College of Rheumatology, all healthcare professionals, your neighbors and your family…?   […]

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