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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

Arthritis Prescreening Like Minority Report

Arthritis Prescreening Like Minority Report

Arthritis prescreening is like Minority Report with Tom Cruise …Or is it? When I read Dr. Scott’s creative newspaper column, comparing rheumatoid arthritis prescreening to Minority Report, the sci-fi flick about punishing crimes before they happen, I didn’t know where to begin. I love movie analogies – there are a bunch of them on this blog. But Dr. Scott ...Read More

Safe Acetaminophen Dosage with Chronic Pain

Safe Acetaminophen Dosage with Chronic Pain

Problems knowing acetaminophen dosage Medication safety is one more health concern for people living with frequent acute pain or chronic pain from chronic illness like rheumatoid disease (RD). It’s not always obvious when it comes to acetaminophen dosage especially. Can you believe nearly 50% of excess acetaminophen-related liver damage is an unintentional result of not reading ...Read More

Making Lemonade When You Want Latte

Making Lemonade When You Want Latte

Does making lemonade make it all better? When I first started my blog on Google’s Blogger website, the profile page required people to describe themselves with whatever question that popped up. The question I got was “What is your super power?” I answered “Making lemonade.” It seemed like rheumatoid disease (RD) was like every other trouble that ...Read More

Rheumatoid Arthritis CRP Levels

Rheumatoid Arthritis CRP Levels

Why look at rheumatoid arthritis CRP levels? C-reactive protein, commonly called CRP, is a protein that can be produced by the liver in response to other immune activity, especially the increase of IL-6. CRP can rise quickly in response to many inflammatory conditions such as infections or injury, helping clear out dying cells or bacteria. Blood tests for ...Read More

Impact of One Shot for RA – 10 Signs

Impact of One Shot for RA – 10 Signs

Has a shot for RA ever rocked your world? I had a strange experience arriving for church Sunday. I woke up, got dressed, even fixed breakfast, and then somehow arrived fifteen minutes early. Why did it seem like I had all… the… time… in the world? It went back to last Thursday when I got a ...Read More

Rheumatoid Arthritis Clinical Trials: 10 Facts

Rheumatoid Arthritis Clinical Trials: 10 Facts

How do Rheumatoid Arthritis clinical trials work? Clinical trials are research studies that test medications, devices, or procedures that may be used to treat a disease. Sometimes already approved medications are also tested in new ways. Rheumatoid Arthritis clinical trials not only help to create new treatments, but also help develop better ways of managing the ...Read More

Rheumatoid Arthritis Petition

Rheumatoid Arthritis Petition

How we got to a rheumatoid arthritis petition When I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in 2006, I didn’t know anyone who had the disease. In a moment, my whole life changed. I had no idea what was going on or what was in store for me. I did not know what I should do ...Read More

5 Rheumatoid Arthritis – RA Flare Facts

5 Rheumatoid Arthritis - RA Flare Facts

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

7 Tips on Rheumatoid Arthritis Complications

7 Tips for Rheumatoid Arthritis Complications

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

Systemic Disease with Joint Symptoms

Systemic Disease With Joint Symptoms

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
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