Posts Tagged ‘Preventive Care with Rheumatoid Arthritis’

  • 25 Tips to Stay Well in Cold and Flu Season

    This post is a response to questions about how to navigate cold and flu season with Rheumatoid Disease (RD). Flu shots are now center stage at grocery stores and pharmacies across the US. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), flu season can begin as early as October. There’s plenty of advice […]

  • Ciprofloxacin / Fluoroquinolone Tendon Dangers with Rheumatoid Arthritis

    My brief story about ciprofloxacin and Rheumatoid Arthritis I got a kidney infection shortly after starting Enbrel. It was Good Friday 2009. My kidney hurt and fever spiked to 104.5, after 3 days of UTI. Before then, I’d only had a minor UTI  with pregnancy. This is when my GP got the nickname “Good GP” […]

  • Fall Risk Assessment and Intervention with Rheumatoid Arthritis

    First major study in Rheumatoid Arthritis to explore risk factors of falling In a recent study “Risk factors for falls in Adults with Rheumatoid arthritis,” 525 people diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) were followed for one year to examine risk factors for falling. Thirty-six percent of patients in the study fell at least once during […]

  • Can Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Get a Flu Shot? 15 Facts on Vaccinations & Autoimmune Disease

    I’ve had pneumonia, the flu, H1N1 virus, and Norovirus – it’s not a pretty picture with RA… 1. Do vaccines work as well in Rheumatoid Arthritis patients? New study shows vaccine protection may rapidly decline with anti-rheumatic drugs such as methotrexate and TNF inhibitors. A new study published this week in Arthritis Research & Therapy […]

  • 12 Key Facts about Infusion Reactions with Biologics

    An infusion nurse talks about safety with Biologics One practical session at the 2012 American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Scientific Meeting was a short talk on preventing infusion reactions presented by a nurse from Seattle, Christine Elliot. Ms. Elliot has supervised 15,000 rheumatological infusions in over a decade as an infusion nurse. She offered an […]

  • Five Things I’ve Learned about Rheumatoid Arthritis in the Neck

    I promised to write about what’s going on with my neck. It’s hard to sort out what would help others to know, so I made a list of five things I’ve learned. Sometimes, it’s about sharing our journey too. Here are 5 things I’ve learned about Rheumatoid Arthritis in the neck 1) Do not ignore […]

  • Can We Treat the Whole Person or at Least the Whole Disease?

    It’s like watching The Terminal. RA is a Twilight Zone No-Man’s-Land disease. “Mr. Navorski, you cannot get into New York without a visa. You cannot get a visa without a passport, and you cannot get a new passport without a country. There’s nothing we can do for you here.” I got a letter today about […]

  • Do you have a Rheumatology Care Team?

    What’s a rheumatology care team? When I wrote the About pages for this site, I discussed the team of doctors and medical professionals that a person fighting Rheumatoid Arthritis might gather around him. Like Diabetes, I realized that people with RA could need plenty of monitoring and advice. The other day, I read an article in […]

  • 2 Reasons Monitoring Rheumatoid Arthritis Matters

    This is the second in a short series of posts in honor of the blog’s 2nd birthday. We are looking at some significant topics that have surfaced over the last two years. I’m calling these “frying pan posts” since these issues are critical enough to patients to speak rather bluntly. Why monitor Rheumatoid Arthritis? You […]

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis and Periodontal Disease

    Does gum disease have anything to do with Rheumatoid Arthritis? Some of the popular studies presented at the ACR meeting last November examined the relationship between periodontal disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Is there a relationship? And what is it? Over the last few years, it has been shown that RA patients are more likely to […]

  • New Studies Examine Predictors of Rheumatoid (Arthritis) Heart Disease

    Predictors of Heart Disease in Rheumatoid Arthritis New Studies presented at ACR 2010 (the American College of Rheumatology’s annual meeting) examined of the heart disease of Rheumatoid Arthritis. One study called Longitudinal Predictors of Progression of Subclinical Carotid Atherosclerosis in Rheumatoid Arthritis looked for factors which predict heart disease in RA patients. “Coronary and extra-coronary […]

  • New Greece Shoe Policy for Diabetics Favors Amputation

    When she picked me up from the airport recently, Katie Beth shared a shocking story she’d just heard on the news about diabetes patients in Greece receiving foot amputations instead of special shoes. Here’s how the diabetes shoe-story was reported in Keep Talking Greece: “If this isn’t an incredible story, I don’t know what it […]

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