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14 Responses to “American College of Rheumatology Redefines Rheumatoid Arthritis”

    1. WarmSocks says:

      The new guidelines look promising. I hope joint deformity becomes a thing of the past!

    2. Andrew says:

      It is interesting how guidelines designed for research purposes (which are a good thing) became used (or misused) for diagnosis. Perhaps the new guidelines will more friendly towards patients. This is why it’s so important to find a good rheumatologist from the beginning! I’m still convinced that there is such a wide variety of symptoms because of the wide variety of types of arthritis and individual reactions (genetic). I plan to write about this soon.

      Thanks for being on top of this breaking news.


    3. Ronda says:

      I’m hoping they left out “symetrical involvement”. Mine was not until joint destruction was done.

    4. cubuffsgirl2009 (Jacque) says:

      Thanks for posting this. In thinking back to when I was diagnosed, if these changes would have been in place then, I would have gotten better treatment and not be in the situation I’m in now. Everything happens for a reason and I’m glad future warriors will at least have the chance we never got :)

    5. Viesta says:

      After reading this blog today and the 1987 criteria for RA diagnosing, I feel like a lab rat… we are the ones they are experimenting on in hopes for the next generation?? I hope they can help the generation I am in, fingers crossed.

    6. Viesta says:

      I have strayed outside the box. I am neither tame, nor wild, but a bridge inbetween the etheric and the physical, weaving together the dreams of stars and giving them a physical home here on earth. I’m very peaceful, very loving, very affectionate, and very subtle. I understand that heavan is always ten steps beyond our greatest fear and desperation. True strength is not an act performed phsycially or in front of another. Strength is the perseverance to persue a dream all alone, even when the entire world tries to stop you. The greatest journey begins and ends with the First step…
      I lay down my plans, my guards, my defenses and am held like a child. My missions, my appointments, my ideas, and the smothering safeguards i have built to protect me from the world, only creating more of the illusion of seperation. My trust is in the river of you sweet spirit. As my very self, you know my desires before i ask, though you often wish to see that i will choose it. I am learning how very happy you want me to be. The only thing you ask of me is that i would not deny myself anything. Everything i have clung to as a guard and a safety is little more then a crutch. I simply surrender, and will let the river have its way, for it is simply my very self- I will flee and deliver my strength to cont fighting this monster known as RA, it may leave me raw but it will never take away who I am….. strong and living– Viesta

    7. River of Hope says:

      OMG!! Viesta I love your poem!!! Can I please copy it and keep it? I have read this blog for quite some time now and have told many other people about this great place. Your poem is truly magic!! Thank You for shareing it with us!!

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    9. Lyn says:

      I have had no luck yet at getting my comments to post–let’s see if this one works.

    10. Lyn says:

      Yay! It worked–now I’ll go back to the posts I really had something to say about.

    11. Tami says:

      I have suspected RA for a few years, my grandmother suffered horriblly.
      I requested tests at a recent Doc. visit. My test came back as CCP AB 61.8
      antinuclear Ab 0.2
      RF,Quant <10.0
      I have been refered to a Rheumatologist but can't get in for 7months. I'm going crazy trying to figured out on my own what exactly these results mean.

    12. Cree Sochor-Clegg says:

      Either I am living in a good area of the country (medical-wise) or I just had the luck of the draw, but when I saw my GP for a diagnosis of my first inflammatory experience, she immediately requested an autoimmune panel be done. She suspected RA from the get-go. She also recommended I follow up with a rheumatologist, regardless of the outcome of the bloodwork. I only switched rheumies because my first one required too far of a drive and it was exhausting!! Sometimes I think (even though this sounds completely biased) that female doctors are more inclined to go with gut feelings. I’ll hear about this one.

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