Recent Biologics Commercials by Amgen & Abbott Hit New Notes

Abbott’s commercials feature destruction of pianos and bicycles Commercials for Biologics like Enbrel and Humira have come a long way in the last two years. Could our perspective be having an impact on marketers? I don’t know. But the new Abbott ads are remarkable compared to the old baloney. The new message: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can mean more...Continue reading      21 Comments » Read more

Phil Mickelson’s Psoriatic Arthritis

“Mickelson arthritis” brings shrugs “Phil Mickelson arthritis” was such a common search already that it was suggested to me by Google’s search tool as I typed his name yesterday. That was only two days after Mickelson announced his diagnosis of Psoriatic Arthritis to the press. I have to admit that I shrugged the first time I...Continue reading      30 Comments » Read more

Comparison of Biologics for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

Which is best Biologic for Rheumatoid Arthritis? Rheumatoid Arthritis patients often compare notes about which Biologic they recommend. Which Biologic works best for RA? Which Biologic has fewest side effects? Does anyone know? Some new RA patients tell me that their doctors provide them with a list of Biologics and ask them to choose one on their...Continue reading      39 Comments » Read more

My Journey with Rheumatoid Arthritis Medicine

Wouldn’t it be fun to do a happy little blog? But, I was dancing through my happy mommy life and RA busted down my door. I did not pick this fight. I just decided to fight back. This blog is written in reply to a question on yesterday’s blog about my journey with Rheumatoid Arthritis medicines....Continue reading      24 Comments » Read more

My RA Methotrexate / Enbrel Test: How Well Do Methotrexate & Enbrel Work on Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis?

My “dangerous” RA research? These last few weeks have provided me with an opportunity to measure the success of methotrexate and Enbrel at treating Rheumatoid Arthritis. Although I was an accidental guinea pig, I have been interested in to learn all I can from this test. How much worse would my Rheumatoid Arthritis symptoms be without...Continue reading      49 Comments » Read more

How well do Biologic medications help Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Biologic medicines for RA: The Humira team? I remember when my rheumatologist explained Humira to me. She drew pictures to show me how the molecule in the medicine interfered with the process of Rheumatoid Arthritis. She said that the molecule in the drug locked onto an antibody molecule, effectively neutering the immune molecule. It sounded more like...Continue reading      68 Comments » Read more

Rheumatoid Arthritis Requires Disease Treatment and Symptom Treatment

There is a difference between disease control and symptom control for Rheumatoid Arthritis. There is no Rheumatoid Arthritis cure. You probably gathered that from yesterday’s funny blog. However, there are medications which can curb many of the effects of RA by actually cutting back the activity of the immune cells. These are the medicines referred to as DMARDs: disease...Continue reading      31 Comments » Read more

The Controlled Burn Strategy of Disease Control for RA

Rheumatoid Arthritis medicines work like a controlled burn Here in Central Florida, wildfires are a regular problem. Sometimes, it rains down cinders when the fires are miles away. Creepy until you get used to it. However, I have seen several fires in my own neighborhood that were out of control. One season, we got used to going...Continue reading      6 Comments » Read more

What Causes Rheumatoid Arthritis Fatigue?

What Causes Rheumatoid Arthritis Fatigue? (UPDATED 2016) Rheumatoid Arthritis fatigue is a weariness that rest cannot cure. It is tiredness without the benefit of the pleasure of activity. Over 90% of RA patients report fatigue as a symptom. It is counted second only to pain as the greatest difficulty of living with RA. "Unlike normal fatigue, pathological...Continue reading      102 Comments » Read more

Two Causes of Rheumatoid Arthritis Site Reactions

2 kinds of site reactions It’s been a week of site reactions. There were lots of positive reactions to the new blog site. After a few days, I realized that I was receiving two distinct flavors of responses.There have been those who were encouraging: "Nice article”; Good writing”; and “Well done!” I am so grateful. Then there...Continue reading      23 Comments » Read more

RA left my glass half-full: Changing Rheumatoid Arthritis Medicines

I knew the glass was half-full from RA. Two months ago, I could do about half of what I could do before RA. The doctors kept saying my Rheumatoid Arthritis should be getting even better. I really wanted that, too. The doses of my RA medications were as high as they could go: Humira weekly (that's a...Continue reading      8 Comments » Read more

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