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Remaining Pain in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Remaining Pain in RA / RD

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

The Role of Pain in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Role of Pain in Rheumatoid Arthritis

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

Church Bells Ringing True

Church Bells

Church Bells by Carrie Underwood rings true for many Someone sent me a link to Carrie Underwood’s Church Bells music video (below) when it came out. I watched a large crowd with an incredible response. Then I learned the lyrics and I watched the song climb the charts to number one. I wondered aloud whether so ...Read More

Curing Rheumatoid Arthritis in Mice and Men

Curing rheumatoid arthritis

Are we curing rheumatoid arthritis in mice? This post is in response to a comment from Robert about a new way for curing rheumatoid arthritis. He wrote: “A university in Switzerland has cured RA in mice, as of August 2014. Clinical trials in humans were due to start this year. Not a word since. [Link to ...Read More

Just Do What You Can Do

Just Do What You Can

Can you be satisfied with “do what you can”? “Just like magic, I’ll be flying free. I’mma disappear when they come for me”* All of my life I’ve been a "do what you can," as-much-as-you-can soul. I never fancied disappearing because I wanted to make a positive impact and I thrive on making a difference. That’s my name ...Read More

Prednisone Dosage Case Study

Prednisone Dosage Case Study. Prednisone bottle with Superman symbol

Prednisone dosage varies Last time we discussed the varying positive and negative effects of prednisone, and some strategies for finding a workable dose. Prednisone dosage varies significantly, from 5mg to 60mg, even for similar conditions. One reason for that is the varying response in patients. Doses vary because effectiveness and side effects vary significantly. I know ...Read More

Prednisone Effects: Your Results May Vary

Prednisone Effects - Your Results May Vary

Prednisone effects can seem miraculous. But does it work for everyone? At what dose? And at what cost? Here are some basic facts on prednisone and links for more information on specific questions you may have. Desired prednisone effects Prednisone and similar corticosteroids like prednisolone are extremely effective at reducing inflammation in most people. Steroids are considered ...Read More

5 Reasons Disease Awareness Matters

5 Reasons Disease Awareness Matters with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Disease awareness matters because people just don’t know Disease awareness for “invisible illnesses” like rheumatoid disease (RD) can be pretty dismal. I’m the first to admit I had no idea what RD was when I was diagnosed. And, I’ve actually been stunned a few times by how little people with other invisible illnesses know about RD. Once ...Read More

Why We Need More Potassium and How to Get It

Why We Need More Potassium and How to Get It

Recent studies show potassium supplementation may reduce pain for some patients. The use of corticosteroids is another reason people with chronic illness may need more potassium. First some very basic background information. If you’re trying to lower sodium, you may need more potassium In order for cells to function properly, potassium must be higher in concentration inside ...Read More

Joint Redness with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Joint Redness with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Ever notice the way Rheumatoid Arthritis joint redness is depicted? Pictures of joint redness that are supposed to be Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) have made me laugh out loud for years. Joint redness is often shown with a bright red touchup glow. Why do they paint the joints bright red like ketchup? Maybe they can’t find a picture ...Read More

Rheumatoid Awareness Day Blog Carnival 2016

Rheumatoid Awareness Day Blog Carnival

Welcome to the Rheumatoid Awareness Day Blog Carnival This Rheumatoid Awareness Day Blog Carnival is in coordination with the Rheumatoid Awareness Day Blog Challenge by the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation. Many websites and blogs participated in RAD and published about #theRealRD facts. If you’ve published a post for RAD that’s not included here, you can leave your ...Read More

15 Early Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

15 Early Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

The significance of early symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis In 2009, I asked people with rheumatoid disease (PRD) to list the first symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis they had experienced. Over 800 people have commented, simply listing their first symptoms. There are also dozens of Onset Stories on RA Warrior. Our experiences with early symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis ...Read More
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