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10 Perfect Gifts for Chronic Illness with Gift Guide

10 Perfect Gifts for Chronic Illness with Gift Guide

Special gifts for chronic illness RA Warrior already has a popular gift guide: 21 Gifts for People with Rheumatoid Arthritis. But in the past couple of years, I’ve found and tried so many new things—several given to me by loved ones! So I’m choosing some of the best ones to recommend to you in this new ...Read More

A Plateau in RA Treatment Progress?

A Plateau in RA Treatment Progress?

A patient’s look at RA treatment progress In this provocative guest post, RA Warrior welcomes Dana Symons, who asks whether we’ve reached A Plateau in RA Treatment Progress. If you’re like me, you’ll wonder why other news outlets haven’t asked these questions. But first, Dana is the talent behind many RD awareness graphics provided by the ...Read More

10 Ways I Know RA Is Not Your Fault

10 Ways I Know RA Is Not Your Fault

RA is not your fault If you can’t avoid RA, then RA is not your fault… Media articles about rheumatoid disease (RD) / rheumatoid arthritis (RA) often imply that there are things people can do to either avoid getting the disease or to lower disease activity. Most of them present helpful tips to alleviate RA. From hand ...Read More

Rheumatoid Arthritis Problems, Anyone?

Rheumatoid arthritis problems book

Two kinds of rheumatoid arthritis problems There are two kinds of rheumatoid arthritis problems. There are the ones caused directly by the disease—like fatigue, pain, or weakness. And then there are the problems that are caused by those—like not being able to play tennis or break dance anymore—or being chronically late. (Anyone else dealing with RA ...Read More

Opioids and Chronic Pain

Opioids Chronic Pain

This is the second in a series on opioids & chronic pain. If you know someone with a painful chronic illness, please share this article. Opioids chronic pain debate: cause of epidemic or proper pain relief? In 2003, Nursing Times argued the evidence for treating “chronic non-malignant pain” with opioids (Chronic pain and opioids: dispelling myths and ...Read More

Worst Things Doctors Say

 Worst Things Doctors Say

Telling my secrets on the worst things doctors say What’s the craziest thing a doctor ever told you? I have rarely discussed some of the worst things doctors say to me because I want RAW to be a positive place. But today, I’ll pull back the curtain and share a few of the worst things doctors ...Read More

Trigger Finger in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Trigger Finger in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Trigger finger in rheumatoid arthritis / rheumatoid disease Trigger finger in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a common visible effect of the disease. Fingers, to varying degrees, become stuck in a bent position, as in pulling a trigger. The joints are not actually fused when this occurs. But the tendons get caught in a tendon sheath (or ...Read More

What Causes Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain?

What Causes Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

Why ask what causes rheumatoid arthritis pain? Today we answer a letter from a reader that raises key questions about living with rheumatoid disease (RD). Why is it so painful? Why doesn’t treatment take away pain? Why isn’t the pain dealt with? In part, the answer is found in another question: What causes rheumatoid arthritis pain? Until ...Read More

Lessons in 8 Quotes from Doctor Strange

Lessons in 8 Quotes from Doctor Strange

Quotes from Doctor Strange, fitting for RD Recently I took my son Roo to see the 2016 Walt Disney movie Doctor Strange. Based on the Marvel Comics superhero, Doctor Stephen Strange is an uber-arrogant neurosurgeon who is psychologically crushed by losing the use of his hands in a horrific car accident. His journey to physical and ...Read More

Opioid Restrictions Versus Patient Needs

Opioid Restrictions Versus Patient Needs

The thinking behind recent opioid restrictions There are two sides to arguments behind recent efforts at opioid restrictions in the U.S. However one side has been dominant in the last couple of years. State and federal governments have enacted opioid restrictions in an attempt to reduce misuse of prescription medications. Options for patients with severe pain ...Read More

RA Can’t Be That Bad – 5 Lies and 5 Replies

RA Can’t Be That Bad – 5 Lies and 5 Replies.

Ever heard RA can’t be that bad? Have you ever heard anyone say that RA can’t be that bad? Or more likely, is there ever a day when someone does not hear that RA can’t be that bad? Almost every day someone let’s me know they can tell I’m exaggerating how disabled I am, how bad ...Read More

Why Rheumatoid Arthritis Frailty Matters

Why Rheumatoid Arthritis Frailty Matters

What is rheumatoid arthritis frailty? The word frailty suggests a serious level of health vulnerability. In medical terms, frailty often describes a range of conditions in elderly people: “frailty comprises a collection of biomedical factors which influences an individual's physiological state in a way that reduces his or her capacity to withstand environmental stresses.”1 Frailty expresses ...Read More
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