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...Continue reading      11 Comments » Read more

5 RA Facts Everyone Needs to Know

Driven to uncover RA facts My search for facts about Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) led me to build this website. So many questions. So much misinformation, blame, and confusion out there. It all contributed to my passion for uncovering RA facts and making them clear. I didn’t feel ready when I started writing this blog in 2009. There...Continue reading      16 Comments » Read more

Remaining Pain in Rheumatoid Arthritis

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...Continue reading      11 Comments » Read more

Prednisone Dosage Case Study

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...Continue reading      39 Comments » Read more

Hints of an Immunity Fingerprint: Bee Stings, Peanuts, and Colds

What if each immune system is unique, so none respond exactly the same? Almost two years ago I told you about a phrase I’d coined, the immune fingerprint, to describe the unique way each person’s immune system responds to a similar or identical stimulus. I hope you’ll read that original post explaining it’s only logical that...Continue reading      17 Comments » Read more

10 Misconceptions About Chronic Disease Many People Believe

You can’t understand illness by just looking at a person Very soon after being diagnosed with RA, I learned that most people have beliefs about chronic illness that are hard to overcome. When one neighbor, friend, and family member after another dismissed me, I did the same thing most people with Rheumatoid Disease (PRD) do: I...Continue reading      54 Comments » Read more

We Must Celebrate! Your Voice Was Heard, Despite My Limitations

Months – actually years – of my life went into the last couple of weeks. It’s a peculiar feeling when it all comes together in a moment. While there are important points to dig into from the annual ACR meeting, we should pause for a moment to reflect on where we are. (A recent Spear...Continue reading      26 Comments » Read more

Steps Toward Understanding Rheumatoid Disease

2 Big Announcements Last month in What is Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) / Rheumatoid Disease (RD)?, we asked what this disease IS, with 10 things it doesn’t make sense if doctors don’t know. When we truly know what RD is, we can diagnosis it early, treat it successfully, and cure it! We’re taking steps to support that goal. 1....Continue reading      12 Comments » Read more

Saying Rheumatoid Disease, Not Arthritis: It’s Not Just Me

Twenty months ago, I explained why I’d become convinced that the “name” of Rheumatoid Arthritis must be changed. The more I’ve learned over the past few years, the more I could not deny that fact. Soon after that, I decided to write a little e-book examining the ways Rheumatoid Disease affects the body outside of the...Continue reading      44 Comments » Read more

10 Common Rheumatoid Arthritis Myths

<< Go to more FACTS and INFO on Rheumatoid Arthritis Click here to print or save 10 Common RA Myths. The following Rheumatoid Arthritis myths are commonly repeated as facts. Repeating such myths has unfortunate consequences for people living with Rheumatoid Disease and contributes to inadequate medical care, scanty disease research, and insufficient vocational accommodations. While some...Continue reading      Comments Off on 10 Common Rheumatoid Arthritis Myths Read more

A World Where No One Suffers from Rheumatoid Disease

When you’re making any charitable donations, please remember the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation (RPF) is each of us helping all of us. The RPF Vision: A world where no one suffers from Rheumatoid disease. Finally we have an organization with the specific purpose of improving the lives of people with Rheumatoid disease. Much has been accomplished quickly over...Continue reading      7 Comments » Read more

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