Rheumatoid Arthritis mortality: 40% increased risk
Investigators at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) recently found Rheumatoid arthritis mortality to be significantly increased. A 40 percent greater overall risk of death, especially death due to respiratory or cardiovascular causes, is discussed in BWH’s recent press release, Rheumatoid arthritis linked to increased risk of death, which describes ...Read More
Reading the headlines you may wonder: is prednisone over-prescribed?
Sensational headlines are not new. But I did a double take when I read Steroid Over-Prescribing Persists in RA. My natural reaction is to defend patients: “Steroid overuse? Who would take steroids unnecessarily? This is just another side effect of pharma ads leading the public to believe RA ...Read More
Kelly, you want to tell me how to live like a warrior, really…
When I can’t get anything done from fatigue or pain?
When medications have failed me?
When I feel like the disease is trying to taking over?
When my spouse or my friends misunderstand?
When I can’t work any more and I can’t make ends meet?
Recent readers have ...Read More
Must-know rheumatoid disease / rheumatoid arthritis facts
One of the most popular articles on RA Warrior discusses 10 Essential Facts About Rheumatoid Arthritis No Doctor Ever Told Me. Those first 10 rheumatoid arthritis facts are still very important. However, this disease keeps teaching us over time, doesn’t it?
No one who is not living with rheumatoid disease ...Read More
1. Why steroid injections for rheumatoid arthritis / disease?
When joints are persistently inflamed, despite whatever therapies or systemic treatments are used, steroid injections for rheumatoid arthritis have been helpful for many people with rheumatoid disease / arthritis (PRD).
For example, my wrist and back of hand joints have been swollen since I had to drive several ...Read More
Special gifts for people with rheumatoid arthritis / rheumatoid disease
People asked me for years to publish a gift guide for people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) / disease (RD). The past few months I thought about what the best gifts for people with rheumatoid arthritis are anyway. We appreciate the same loving gifts as anyone else. ...Read More
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
Rebuilding our rheumatoid disease / rheumatoid arthritis t-shirt store
The doors are open – the new rawarrior.com 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
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
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
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
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