Posts Tagged ‘Comprehensive RA Care’

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis Unmasked

    RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS UNMASKED: 10 DANGERS OF RHEUMATOID DISEASE Ending the confusion that Rheumatoid Disease is a type of arthritis.      WHAT IF…? What if no one confused rheumatoid disease with just arthritis? What if the world understood that people with rheumatoid disease (RD) are not hypochondriacs because they have so many health problems? What […]

  • The Cricoarytenoid Joint and Rheumatoid Disease

    Speechless… the cricoarytenoid joint is commonly affected in Rheumatoid Disease Recently a small study from Brazil raised the topic of cricoarytenoid arthritis (CA), a little-recognized aspect of Rheumatoid Disease. In 2009, RAW first discussed CA with patients who expressed amazement that their vocal cord / larynx problems were related to their Rheumatoid Disease. There are […]

  • 20 Essential Medication Safety Tips

    Specific medication safety tips to reduce dangers related to medications safety, including drug combinations, medication storage, or drug interactions.

  • 10 Keys to Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis / Rheumatoid Disease

    HOW TO USE THIS TOOL Mouse over the labels on the Tool Chest below to see topics important in health care for people with Rheumatoid Disease (RD) / Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). Click to read each section of the toolbox. Clicking the small red toolbox takes you to an index of topics. Welcome to the RA […]

  • Summary of fundamentals of care in Rheumatoid Disease

    <<Back to Toolkit for RD care page Now and as needed: Ask who is providing pain relief for your patient. Prescribe or refer as needed. Discuss with patient what to do in case of emergency. Be sure prescription list is correct and patient knows purpose of each prescription & what to expect from it. Share […]

  • Inventory of Rheumatoid Disease: One Patient’s Experience

    Ok, this brief awkward moment of my life is called “Inventory” Many with Rheumatoid Disease are more severely affected than I am; others are milder. I am one woman. This is my experience. You may remember this article on happiness inspired this list, but I put it aside for a few busy months. Now, I’ve […]

  • What is Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) / Rheumatoid Disease (RD)? 10 Facts Every Doctor Needs

    What is Rheumatoid Arthritis? All of the other questions about Rheumatoid Disease (RD) hang on this. After we truly know what it is, we can diagnosis it early, treat it successfully, and cure it! Remember the ancient elephant story? Just like the blind men describing the elephant, numerous aspects of RD have been described, but […]

  • Happy Birthday RAW! The Day I Could No Longer Stay Silent

    This week the British Medical Journal published my article which they titled: Doctors’ understanding of rheumatoid disease does not align with patients’ experiences. But first, today is a very special day. Today begins year five of RAW Four years ago today, RA Warrior was born. I’d been studying, writing, and talking to patients for a […]

  • Where the Rubber Meets the Road or What If Only the Cancer in Dave’s Kidneys Was Treated?

    Measuring disease activity: where rubber meets the road Recently a rheumatologist friend told me of needing to prove ACR20 (a measure of 20 percent improvement) in order for a patient to continue receiving a biologic treatment. I don’t know whether it was private or government insurance, but something bothered me about it. Of course, 20 […]

  • Why Rheumatoid Disease Patients Still Fall through the Cracks

    “Well, at least it’s nothing serious.” How many rheumatoid patients have heard that, some even from doctors? Last week, after Danita’s story, I wanted to share with you this letter to the editor of Musculoskeletal Network, but health issues and life and a board meeting delayed me. The letter below is my response to the […]

  • Does Each Joint Count with Rheumatoid Arthritis?

    In the morning, I’m going to see the pain doc again about my neck, the one who took the place of Sir Topham Head when he moved away. They claim to only treat back pain, but that might be a good thing. When I was first diagnosed with RA, I met a woman at my […]

  • The 10 Fundamentals of Care for Rheumatoid Patients

    Click here to download the printable PDF version of this important statement. What would appropriate rheumatological care for RA patients look like? The ACR tells us that the majority of Rheumatoid patients do not receive treatment that follows their recommendations. What are some specific requirements for good rheumatology care for RA patients? “Although the outcome […]

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