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 about...Continue reading      21 Comments » Read more

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” because...Continue reading      37 Comments » Read more

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 the...Continue reading      19 Comments » Read more

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 showed that...Continue reading      50 Comments » Read more

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 overview...Continue reading      38 Comments » Read more

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 Rheumatoid Arthritis...Continue reading      49 Comments » Read more

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 one...Continue reading      36 Comments » Read more

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 have your...Continue reading      17 Comments » Read more

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 have gum...Continue reading      25 Comments » Read more

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 atherosclerosis...Continue reading      12 Comments » Read more

Problems with Preventive Care and Rheumatoid Arthritis Mortality

If you read yesterday’s blog, “The Mortality Dragon: Do Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Have to Die Early?” then you know I was glad to find a researcher discussing preventive care for Rheumatoid Arthritis patients, especially in the context of cardiovascular disease. If you read the article “Why do people with rheumatoid arthritis still die prematurely?” you...Continue reading      23 Comments » Read more

The Mortality Dragon: Do Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Have to Die Early?

Reasons for the high mortality rate with Rheumatoid Arthritis This is not a morbid post. If we’re going to fight a dragon, we need to know about the dragon. Why do Rheumatoid Arthritis patients have such a high mortality rate? Some of you have probably heard me speculate about mortality and RA in response to questions....Continue reading      15 Comments » Read more

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