Posts Tagged ‘Autoimmune diseases’

  • Livedo Reticularis & Rheumatoid Arthritis: Nothing Rash about It

    Does livedo reticularis have anything to do with Rheumatoid disease? Livedo reticularis is a purplish-colored lace pattern under the skin. There is no raised or itchy rash on the surface of the skin, but the light and dark areas resemble a net-like pattern. The causes and treatments for livedo reticularis are not fully understood, however […]

  • Can Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Get a Flu Shot? 15 Facts on Vaccinations & Autoimmune Disease

    I’ve had pneumonia, the flu, H1N1 virus, and Norovirus – it’s not a pretty picture with RA… 1. Do vaccines work as well in Rheumatoid Arthritis patients? New study shows vaccine protection may rapidly decline with anti-rheumatic drugs such as methotrexate and TNF inhibitors. A new study published this week in Arthritis Research & Therapy […]

  • The Immune Fingerprint and Rheumatoid Disease

    I’ve made up another term because I haven’t heard of anything suitable: “immune fingerprint.” It occurred to me that while we talk about how the disease Rheumatoid Arthritis (or Rheumatoid Autoimmune Disease) affects us, one key to understanding disease activity may be considering how we affect the disease. If a disease disrupts the immune system, causing […]

  • Lipstick & Luck: Feeling Fabulous with Rheumatoid Autoimmune Disease

    If we try, will we feel fabulous with Rheumatoid Arthritis? Feeling and looking fabulous with RA sells well, but how much can lipstick help? Most people living with Rheumatoid Arthritis have felt the sting of someone suggesting we don’t need to be as sick if we would only try _____. Hearing this can seem harsh, […]

  • Adding RA to the SSD Compassion Allowances List?

    Hearings receive testimony on RA & other autoimmune diseases Hearings were held yesterday, March 16th, about adding some autoimmune diseases to a list of conditions deemed disabling enough to be given specific consideration and hopefully quicker Social Security Disability approval. The list, called the Compassionate Allowances List currently includes 88 conditions. This week’s hearing was […]

  • How Can Autoimmune Arthritis Diagnosis Be Improved?

    Why Rheumatoid Arthritis diagnosis must be improved We have over 60 Rheumatoid Arthritis diagnosis stories here on Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior. In some ways they’re all unique, but there are common threads. One familiar theme is that Rheumatoid Arthritis diagnosis is often difficult or protracted or confusing. This is not only true for Rheumatoid Arthritis, but […]

  • Causes of Rheumatoid Arthritis: Are There New Clues?

    A Look at the Insecticide Study from ACR Why do some people get Rheumatoid Arthritis? No one has the entire answer. However, a little piece to the puzzle may have been confirmed last week at the American College of Rheumatology annual Scientific Meeting in Philadelphia. Did you see the news on the insecticide study? Gardening […]

  • Palindromic Rheumatism Is Not a Rare Form of Rheumatoid Arthritis

    My assessment: bad PR for Palindromic Rheumatism A few months ago, I wrote a post about Palindromic Rheumatism. I had met a nurse who said her Rheumatoid Arthritis was “palindromic.” The symptoms come and go. She told me it was a rare form of Rheumatoid Arthritis which did not cause permanent damage, but was 50% […]

  • Can I Delay Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis? part 1

    Should we wait to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis? That depends; can an ostrich heal thyroid disease? One of the things that makes us warriors is our desire to survive. We fight Rheumatoid Arthritis because we want to outlive every scheme which RA has in store for us. We are determined to live the fullest and longest […]

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