Posts Tagged ‘Emotions and Rheumatoid Arthritis’

  • Medication Fears and Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Fear of medicine Have you ever been afraid of taking medicine? I have. Who knew that there’s actually a name for a fear of medication: pharmacophobia. Appearing irrational to Dr. Laptop As if I were once again the 19 year-old girl who quit taking thyroid medication, the day I learned I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid […]

  • The Pursuit of Happyness When Part of Your Life Is Called Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Waiting to start a new treatment, the past few weeks, I’ve had a crazy idea. If the treatment works, I might “forget” how it was. So maybe I should do something I’ve never done: take an inventory. A couple years ago, a patient commented that she does a brief inventory of her joints with her […]

  • Lessons from a Dumb Phone & a Disabled Computer

    Last month I ordered a lightweight keyboard to use with an iPad. I planned to get one to downsize for travel, so I’d be more able to manage my briefcase alone when needed. I’m typing on that keyboard today from my sofa for another reason… Almost 2 weeks ago, I went through a Microsoft upgrade […]

  • Recognizing the Anguish of Depression in Time for Help

    Negative spaces are only part of the picture I was stirring early in the morning when everything was still gray. Something I saw looked like a fish for a moment. There’s no pet fish here, especially in my room. “Negative spaces,” I heard myself whisper. That’s what is in between the shapes of what is […]

  • Encouragement: with a Little Help from My Friends

    Don’t you want me to help you with that? No. I want to be able to do it myself. I can do that for you. I know you can, I wish I could. Is there anything I can do? No, I want to feel like I can do something. Do you have any problem asking […]

  • Fighting Rheumatoid Arthritis Depression

    Often, I get letters from Rheumatoid Arthritis patients struggling with depression. I always encourage them to consider the options of counseling or medication since there’s no way to know how serious their depression may be. It’s heartbreaking. We hope that most of the time we can avoid serious depression, but patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis or […]

  • Anxiety and Depression with Chronic Illness, part 2

    Anxiety or depression with chronic illness is not unusual Many individuals who suffer from a chronic health condition experience some symptoms of anxiety or depression.  There are several different types of both anxiety and depression. Yesterday, we discussed symptoms of some common forms. Please read part 1 if you are trying to identify symptoms of […]

  • Anxiety and Depression with Chronic Illness

    I’m excited about this guest post to introduce an important discussion. Various types of anxiety and depression are more common in those who live with chronic illness & chronic pain. I hope this post will help us to think about when symptoms are serious enough to need help. Hello brave RA Warriors!  My name is […]

  • Living with a Spouse with Chronic Illness, part 1

    According to a study presented at EULAR in June, “Partners of patients newly diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are equally emotionally affected by the diagnosis and go through the same grieving process as the patients themselves.” Rheumatoid Arthritis can create devastating changes within a family. It can be difficult for a spouse to comprehend the […]

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis Anger

    Rheumatoid Arthritis Anger: Cause or effect? Chicken or the egg? I wasn’t there of course, but I’ve always favored the chicken. I love chicken, especially fried chicken… Does RA cause anger? It can be managed politely, but there are times I’m definitely angry. At any one moment, I have more pain than many people I […]

  • Thinking about Love Bug Season & People with Rheumatoid Arthritis

    The love bugs are swarming now in Central Florida I’ll never forget my first moments in Florida. I remember it plainly. It was the shock and awe season – otherwise known as love bug season. I had gotten on the plane with my new baby in Albuquerque in the snow. It was about the first […]

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