Sensational Headlines on Rheumatoid Arthritis & Exercise, Round 6

I got an email recently from a rheumatology magazine with a sensational headline about “exercise and Rheumatoid Arthritis.” The article linked to is a year old, but some of our doctors read these emails. And the public also gets confused by ridiculous headlines like “Nearly Half of RA Patients Are Sedentary. Here's Why.” So, we’ll...Continue reading      87 Comments » Read more

I Fight My Pain and Blog

My daughter Mary Khris texted me from a tennis tournament a couple weeks ago. She said, “Momma, this is worse than Woman’s Day.” She texted me this image and read aloud to me the article which had upset her. She ended, “It sounds like it was her mom’s fault. RA is not anyone’s fault.” It was...Continue reading      82 Comments » Read more

Good News for Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior

I’ve been promising a good news list! Over the last couple of weeks, there has been good news for the Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior community. I hope you’ll celebrate this good news with me. Any increase in the understanding of RA is good news for all of us. Likewise, any boost to the Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior...Continue reading      14 Comments » Read more

My RA Fit Kit – Rheumatoid Arthritis Exercise, Part 4

Several people have asked me about the My RA Fit Kit program by UCB (Cimzia). I’ve read lots of comments from RA patients. One patient didn’t just comment. She created her own RA fit kit on video (below).   Some history on the My RA Fit Kit commercial The first commercial was scrapped after a short run.  I...Continue reading      20 Comments » Read more

Rheumatoid Arthritis Exercise, Part 3

Rheumatoid Arthritis exercise impasse Is there any mainstream medical website or magazine that does not preach exercise for Rheumatoid Arthritis? I have not found one. What is the truth about Rheumatoid Arthritis, exercise, and health? Earlier posts on RA exercise have discussed plain RA facts of life, striving to present a realistic view of exercise and RA....Continue reading      54 Comments » Read more

The Truth About Rheumatoid Arthritis Info Will Be Told!

Here's the story: I got some good news this week that I know will make you smile, too. Let me back up a bit. A few weeks back, the company which markets Remicade put up a new website about Rheumatoid Arthritis. It is a video series presented in a “talk show” format. It is highly polished and...Continue reading      17 Comments » Read more

Should Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Exercise, Part 2

  Should Rheumatoid Arthritis patients exercise or not? There was a bit of a backlash to the Part 1 blog post to this series on exercise and Rheumatoid Arthritis. A few people even unsubscribed. But, staying out of trouble is not a goal of this blog. Truth-telling is. Specifically, what I have challenged is the kneejerk “Use it...Continue reading      35 Comments » Read more

To Tell the Truth: Will the Real Rheumatoid Arthritis Please Stand Up?

Swimming with dragons This RA Warrior is a dragon slayer. There is one particular dragon who is my arch enemy. It is the mythical version of Rheumatoid Arthritis. I imagine that as it deceives people about Rheumatoid Arthritis, there is less concern about whether a cure is needed for the real RA. The mythical version of RA...Continue reading      26 Comments » Read more

Should Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Exercise?

Can we talk about exercise? There is an elephant in the room. Not a cute and helpful one like Horton. It is one of those proverbial elephants no one wants to address. It’s a big and annoying issue that won’t go away, yet everyone tries to ignore. I do not fancy myself an elephant tamer. However, I...Continue reading      112 Comments » Read more

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