The Hypochondria of RA Pain: Do I Smell an Elephant?

Hypochondria is an elephant in the room with RA pain The elephant house was always my favorite place at the zoo. We always knew when we were near it …by the smell. So, how can an elephant creep into a room? They don’t exactly tip-toe. Maybe what happens is that nice people don’t discuss certain things, so no...Continue reading      31 Comments » Read more

Some Rheumatologists Don’t Understand How Much It Hurts

Some rheumatologists say they don’t believe their patients It is one thing to act like women are catastrophizing when they claim that Rheumatoid Arthritis hurts so much. But it’s another thing when it is done to children. Unfortunately, I’m familiar with being disbelieved by doctors. But I’m still shocked that they do that to children. Over the...Continue reading      55 Comments » Read more

Patients & Doctors Differ on Assessing Rheumatoid Arthritis Disease Severity

Problems assessing Rheumatoid Arthritis disease severity? Ever feel like the doctor doesn’t see Rheumatoid Arthritis the way you do? If you have RA, you’re in good company. One new study found over a “third of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) patients differed from their physicians in assessment of their disease severity.” I know about this “differing” because of...Continue reading      42 Comments » Read more

Stages of Rheumatoid Arthritis Heartache

Warning: This post is for the faint of heart. Tired of the stages of Rheumatoid Arthritis grieving Yeah, I’m probably not supposed to say these things. Whatever… Some of these RA changes are wearing thin. I never wanted to be branded by anything negative. I’m getting tired of feeling like I’ve lost credibility because of the chronic illness...Continue reading      207 Comments » Read more

Do Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Have a Low Pain Threshold?

This blog is my sassy response to a more serious look at RA pain threshold studies. If they call me a drama queen for saying it hurts, then I get to have a crown. Personal responses to the Rheumatoid Arthritis pain threshold question Today’s blog is my response to yesterday’s shocking post about the study of Rheumatoid Arthritis...Continue reading      128 Comments » Read more

Does Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain Really Hurt That Much?

Is there an objective way to discuss Rheumatoid Arthritis pain? Rheumatoid Arthritis pain is being studied in some surprising ways. Did you know that it is considered a “well established” fact that Rheumatoid Arthritis patients have lower pain thresholds? It is believed that they perceive pain to be worse than “actual pain” and that they worsen...Continue reading      235 Comments » Read more

Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain in the Twilight Zone

Thank goodness for Rheumatoid Arthritis pain? A few months ago, I had a discussion with a friend about Rheumatoid Arthritis pain. The friend does not have Rheumatoid Arthritis. We were speaking academically. At that point, I began to consider how the medical world views Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) pain. I realized that doctors and researchers examine RA pain...Continue reading      57 Comments » Read more

What Is it Like to Live with Rheumatoid Arthritis? Part 3: Communication Failure

I’ve failed. I’ve been writing about Rheumatoid Arthritis for a year and I have not been able to explain exactly what it is like to live with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). Sometimes, I think that I need to say it louder or use bolder print or stronger adjectives. One problem is that I try to be nice....Continue reading      54 Comments » Read more

Rheumatoid Arthritis Disease May Be the Scarlet RA

The Infamy of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) I’ve answered several questions lately about Rheumatoid Arthritis and secrecy. Is there something embarrassing about RA? Can we just talk about it with anybody? Lucille Ball was one of the most famous people with Rheumatoid Arthritis. However, when she died, I did not hear about her RA battle. It was not...Continue reading      82 Comments » Read more

The Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior’s RA

The Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior blog is not about me, but this one is. This blog is not about me. It is about fighting Rheumatoid Arthritis. I DO have RA, but you know what I mean. Of course, I can only show you the world through my own eyes anyway. However, today I will focus on my own...Continue reading      16 Comments » Read more

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