Posts Tagged ‘Rheumatoid Arthritis prognosis’

  • Which Biologic Treatment Should RA Patients Try Next?

    Rheumatoid Arthritis patients will likely try a sequence of 3 or 4 biological therapies. However, odds tend to decrease that the treatments will work. “For patients with prior exposure to TNF-a inhibitors, likelihood of response to subsequent treatment with biologic agents declines with increasing number of previous treatments with TNF-a inhibitors.” Newsflash: responses to Biologic treatments […]

  • Weight of Patient Reported Outcome Measures on Diagnosis & Treatment of RA

    Rheumatoid Arthritis Is the Only Major Disease in Which the Patient Largely Informs the Doctor A funny thing happened while we were at a poster session last week at ACR. The Georgia World Congress Center is like three 4-story shopping malls with a couple of theaters and secondary schools thrown in – it’s big. So, […]

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis Statistics

    Some interesting numbers came across my screen in the last couple of days. I started wondering what they would look like along side of one another. Some Rheumatoid Arthritis statistics are better than others Recent Rheumatoid Arthritis statistics now estimate that a larger number of people have RA than expected: about 1.5 million in the […]

  • 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 […]

  • Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis Versus Mild Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Next week, the blog will be one year old. During this week, I’m sharing some personal thoughts. Comparing severe Rheumatoid Arthritis & mild Rheumatoid Arthritis I’ve experienced both sides of this comparison:  I’ve been told I have Rheumatoid Arthritis too mild to understand the struggles of others: “How else could you blog every day?” Other times, […]

  • 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 […]

  • Courses of Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Are there distinct courses of Rheumatoid Arthritis for RA patients? We talk so often of what we have in common. Let’s think about our differences for a moment. One of my very first blog posts was about the four courses of Rheumatoid Arthritis. It’s like a fact of life with RA: we are not all […]

  • 3 Reasons to Begin Using Rheumatoid Arthritis Medicines to Fight the Disease

    Rheumatoid Arthritis medicines called “big guns” Often, people ask how they’ll know when are ready for the big guns. My answer: When RA fires its weapons on you! It’s time for powerful Rheumatoid Arthritis medicines as soon as you know that you have Rheumatoid Arthritis. Chronic Rheumatoid Arthritis has first strike weapons that can be […]

  • Can Rheumatoid Arthritis Affect the Spine?

    You can’t get Rheumatoid Arthritis in the spine, can you? (The funny noises in my neck say yes. Let’s see what the funny-sounding medical words say about RA in the spine…) The only books on Rheumatoid Arthritis that I read are ones from “legitimate” sources such as recognized university hospitals or M.D.’s who specialize in rheumatology. […]

  • What is Remission of Rheumatoid Arthritis? part 3

    The Story of Rheumatoid Arthritis Remission Once upon a time, there was no effective treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis. Eventually, various substances were found to assuage some symptoms, at least slightly. And then one day, doctors thought they had found a cure in cortisone. However, they soon learned that they were mistaken. During our lifetime, substances […]

  • What is Remission of Rheumatoid Arthritis? Part 2

    This would mean that the patient should definitely not suspend treatment aimed at forestalling damage. And it would beg the question of whether the use of the term “remission” is actually appropriate to begin with.

    The authors point out the obvious need for better methods of detecting joint damage. “Better diagnosis of joint damage will assist in our quest to attain and document full remission in RA.”

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