Posts Tagged ‘Rheumatoid arthritis complications’

  • 7 Tips on Rheumatoid Arthritis Complications

    Rheumatoid arthritis complications refers to features other than joint synovitis with rheumatoid disease, a systemic disease affecting many body systems.

  • Systemic Disease with Joint Symptoms

    Rheumatoid Arthritis / Disease is a systemic disease with joint symptoms although it is commonly thought of as a joint disease with systemic symptoms.

  • Livedo Reticularis & Rheumatoid Arthritis: Nothing Rash about It

    Does livedo reticularis have anything to do with Rheumatoid disease? Livedo reticularis is a purplish-colored lace pattern under the skin. There is no raised or itchy rash on the surface of the skin, but the light and dark areas resemble a net-like pattern. The causes and treatments for livedo reticularis are not fully understood, however […]

  • 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 […]

  • What’s the Big Deal about Rheumatoid Disease?

    Just how big of a deal is this disease? I suppose the fact that I’ve written several hundred pages about it is a clue to my opinion. Yet, most of those articles were written with intentional restraint, avoiding hyperbole, at times even understating my own symptoms in an attempt to be more judicious. Many view […]

  • Do You Have Strange RA Symptoms?

    Strange RA symptoms described by hundreds of patients may not appear in lists of typical symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis / rheumatoid disease.

  • Do Doctors Surprise Patients with Surgical Procedures?

    Some surprises are routine Last month, I read a blog entitled “Patient-Centered Care Should Minimize Post-Surgical Surprises” by Jessie Gruman. Her article haunted me; I contemplated how I might guess what the right questions are to ask to avoid medical surprises. Actually, it seemed from her post that it might not matter too much whether […]

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis Complications

    How to view Rheumatoid Arthritis complications Typically, Rheumatoid Arthritis has extra-articular manifestations. That means it attacks the body outside of the joints. Seems like RA doesn’t know how to be only arthritis. In RA 101, I wrote that Rheumatoid Arthritis complications are secondary symptoms of RA. I’ve wondered whether the word complications serves us well […]

  • Part 6: Checklist for Moderating Methotrexate Side Effects in Rheumatoid Arthritis

    What can be done to help methotrexate side effects? 13 Things to consider before flushing methotrexate Methotrexate is an important drug for Rheumatoid Arthritis treatment. Many patients give up on it before fully considering their options. If a physician has recommended you discontinue methotrexate either due to liver toxicity or kidney malfunction, then you must […]

  • Part 4: Considering Methotrexate as a Disease Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    But you don’t look sick: making methotrexate work in your favor Some people fear taking it because they say, “Hey, that it is chemotherapy!” which makes it sound so menacing. I read one post of a woman who actually discontinued methotrexate treatment because she realized that it is a chemo-type drug. It was working against […]

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis and Basilar Invagination

    The story of the courageous and cute Nicole Bradshaw Imagine cold sharp screws digging into your skull while you are wide awake. No, it’s not an early Halloween movie. It’s Nicole Bradshaw’s autobiography. This vibrant Australian young woman has lived with Rheumatoid Arthritis since childhood. She became accustomed to pain, surgeries, and medications. Her courageous […]

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