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7 Rheumatoid Arthritis Bathroom Complications

rheumatoid arthritis bathroom problems

Rheumatoid arthritis bathroom problems? That’s right. Bathroom. Not a big fan of potty humor. But if you live with active rheumatoid arthritis bathroom visits can create a minefield of problems. As the bathroom became more and more difficult for me, I wondered whether I’m the only one. Today, I’m being bold to ask. Do you have a ...Read More

New Rheumatoid Arthritis T-shirt Store


Rebuilding our rheumatoid disease / rheumatoid arthritis t-shirt store The doors are open – the new t-shirt site is up with many new designs & products! The attitude is uniquely RA Warrior. It’s what I like to call “gentle advocacy” with positive designs that portray hope, gently confront ignorance, and increase awareness of RD / RA ...Read More

After Fear and Failure, Freedom

JK Rowling quote about life after fear and failure

Last month I wrote about a challenging personal situation, and I want to share an update with you, and I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about it. There has been another long court day and I’ve seen a lot of legal wrangling. My Uncle Sam posts updates on his GoFundMe page (for our legal ...Read More

Can Potassium Reduce Pain in Rheumatoid Arthritis / Disease?

Can potassium reduce pain? Dr Kirsch tweet: Oral Potassium (K+) Reduces Pain in RA

Could potassium reduce pain in rheumatoid disease? “Oral Potassium (K+) Reduces Pain in RA: A Randomized Active Control Study of Diet Based K+ Intervention” A poster presented at the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Annual Scientific Meeting earlier this month described how potassium may be important in rheumatoid arthritis / disease. Researchers in India randomized 172 people ...Read More

Sonny’s Disappearing Digits: a Fairy Tale of Rheum Disability

fairy tale of rheum disability

A few weeks ago in the car, Roo and I were talking about how hard it is to explain and understand rheumatoid disease (RD) and rheum disability. Roo is alone among my five children in that he has no memory of the strong, healthy woman I was before full-blown RD onset when he was 6 ...Read More

Hardest #rheum Question From a Reader: Where Do I Go From Here?


Your comments, I’ve said, are a special blog in themselves, rich with insight and passion. Let’s talk about a recent comment by Paul on What’s Your First Symptom of Rheumatoid Arthritis: Hi All , my nanna was critical with it my Mum has spur’s on her spine her fingers are twisted and knarled and can’t hardly ...Read More

Frozen: Ice Pack Princess

ice pack supply

Little blue ice pack friends Roo still sleeps with stuffed animals – actually today there’s a more dignified word for them: plush toys. Since the plush characters are soft, he doesn't mind that they take up most of his bed. With an ice pack, it’s a different story: more like the fairy tale Frozen. Ice packs are ...Read More

3 Things That Control How Much #Rheum Can Steal from You

woodchuck- eating

Ever feel like Rheumatoid Disease is eating away at your life? Stealing abilities – even responsibilities – you enjoyed? How much wood would a woodchuck chuck? Roo’s been asking this tongue twister / riddle lately: ”How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?” He enjoys saying it faster and faster. Boy was ...Read More

Rheumatoid Disease Thriller: Mystery of the Injured Thumb

swollen rheumatoid arthritis thumb right IP & MP joints

“Mysterious” experiences like these can be common with rheumatoid disease and I hope you’ll share some of yours in the comments. Now, on to my rheumatoid arthritis thumb... Several months ago I reached out with my right hand to grasp the handle of a rolling suitcase, and my thumb did not grip. I was met with ...Read More



In some ways RA Warrior (RAW) and the #rheum community that grew from it have been like family to me and to one another. Many lasting and close friendships have developed as we’ve shared information, understanding, laughter, tears, and hope. It has been sad for me to miss all of you, as I've been away ...Read More

Chronic Pain vs. Recurrent Acute Pain in Rheumatoid Disease


An honest examination shows pain related to rheumatoid disease may frequently be better described as recurrent acute pain than classic chronic pain. Is “chronic pain” the right way to describe Rheumatoid Disease pain? According to the National Institutes of Health, chronic pain is “any pain lasting more than 12 weeks. Whereas acute pain is a normal sensation ...Read More

Does Diet Influence the Risk of Developing Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)?


“The Mediterranean diet, rich in fish, plant food, mono- and polyunsaturated fat, and including moderate wine consumption, has been suggested to protect against e.g. cardiovascular disease, but its effect on RA development has only been studied to a limited extent.”[1] Do Mediterranean or vegetarian diets impact Rheumatoid Arthritis risk? The Swedish Epidemiological Investigation of Rheumatoid Arthritis (EIRA) ...Read More