RA Flare – fact or fiction?
If you want to laugh out loud, just Google RA Flare. No, not right now. Finish this first. Anyway, the topic of RA flare produces some very silly and contradictory discussions. For example Web MD offers How to Prevent Rheumatoid Arthritis Flares. If only.
So today we approach one of the most ...Read More
This is part 2 of a series on the systemic nature of rheumatoid disease, what’s often called rheumatoid arthritis complications. You can read part 1 here: Systemic Disease with Joint Symptoms.
First, Rheumatoid arthritis complications is not quite true
Referring to symptoms of a disease as “complications” is usually a distortion of the facts. I’ve explained before ...Read More
Recognizing a systemic disease with joint symptoms
Do you ever wrestle with the disease aspect of rheumatoid disease (RD) – a systemic disease with joint symptoms? From what I’ve seen doctors, patients, care givers, and the public all struggle to grasp the systemic nature of the disease. We don’t want to see ourselves as sick, and ...Read More
Driven to uncover RA facts
My search for facts about Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) led me to build this website. So many questions. So much misinformation, blame, and confusion out there. It all contributed to my passion for uncovering RA facts and making them clear.
I didn’t feel ready when I started writing this blog in 2009. There ...Read More
Click here to answer a Poll on Biosimilars for Rheumatoid Arthritis.
New Biosimilars for Rheumatoid Arthritis
One of the hottest topics in rheumatology today is biosimilars to for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and other immune mediated diseases. Dozens of biosimilar medicines are in various stages of development and several are already in use in Europe and Asia. Let’s ...Read More
The paradox of Rheumatoid Arthritis progression
The term rheumatoid arthritis progression requires some explanation. Progress is the opposite of what we observe when rheumatoid disease evolves. It is the disease that progresses, not the patient. So the advancement of the disease actually leads to the worsening of the patient’s health.
The other obvious problem with the term ...Read More
How do we stand together?
The next installment of the same hearing about Roo’s health and well-being is Friday. I’m not able to share details, but the decisions before the court are crucial for my son. As I write this update to you, it feels like the Friday the 13th movie series. Is there really one ...Read More
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
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
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
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
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