Posts Tagged ‘Rheumatoid arthritis remission’

  • Sustained Rheumatoid Arthritis Remission Is Rare

    Headlines can have a curious effect. They’re supposed to make you read a story, but people don’t always read the whole thing. Sometimes they just make you laugh: Lung Cancer in Women Mushrooms, Miners Refuse to Work After Death, Woman Improving After Fatal Crash. 1 With medical topics, a headline rarely tells the whole story. […]

  • A Rheum Full of Contradictions

    1) There’s “remission” when there’s no remission. A newly published study says more pain is seen with an older conception of Rheumatoid Arthritis remission than with newer more stringent remission criteria. “Disease remission has become a feasible goal for most Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) patients; however, patient-reported symptoms, such as pain, may persist despite remission.” Remission […]

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis Swelling, Take Two

    Rheumatoid Arthritis swelling is a variable symptom of RA. Ultrasounds show inflammation is present even in the absence of obvious external swelling.

  • I Fight My Pain and Blog

    My daughter Mary Khris texted me from a tennis tournament a couple weeks ago. She said, “Momma, this is worse than Woman’s Day.” She texted me this image and read aloud to me the article which had upset her. She ended, “It sounds like it was her mom’s fault. RA is not anyone’s fault.” It […]

  • New Rheumatoid Arthritis Remission Criteria

    One of the most fascinating things at ACR last November was the multi-presentation session on the last day focusing on creating Rheumatoid Arthritis remission criteria. We literally sat on the edge of our seats and took notes about the assorted characterizations of RA remission that have been used concurrently over the last couple of decades, […]

  • Predictors of Pain in DAS28 Remission

    RA pain with so-called clinical remission is common When I tried to find a new rheumatologist in the spring of 2009, I learned all about clinical remission. The Good Doctors Treat Patients video tells the story of 1 of 3 doctors I saw at the time. Like the nursery rhyme, it was “Same song, second […]

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis Remission

    Is Rheumatoid Arthritis remission whatever it means to you? I could not resist picking up the “managing arthritis” magazine last week in the rheumatology doctor’s waiting room. For some reason, I want to know what – if anything – they are telling patients who have Rheumatoid Arthritis. Is it weird how I choose that over […]

  • 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 […]

  • My Journey with Rheumatoid Arthritis Medicine

    Wouldn’t it be fun to do a happy little blog? But, I was dancing through my happy mommy life and RA busted down my door. I did not pick this fight. I just decided to fight back. This blog is written in reply to a question on yesterday’s blog about my journey with Rheumatoid Arthritis […]

  • The Problem with Rheumatoid Arthritis Information: Why is RA so hard to study and cure?

    I guess YouTube is not the best place for RA information There sure are a lot of YouTube videos with RA cures. I watched several this weekend, getting distracted while doing research. Several thoughts competed in my mind: “No wonder  _________ (fill in the blank with whoever’s name) thinks I’m crazy for taking RA medicines […]

  • 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.”