Archive for the ‘Treating RA’ Category

  • Worst Things Doctors Say

    Some of the surprising worst things doctors say to patients or in medical records, comments that can sound disrespectful or dismissive.

  • Opioid Restrictions Versus Patient Needs

    Discussion of possible negative effects of opioid restrictions on people with legitimate need for medications. Excerpt of Kelly O’Neill Young’s BMJ article.

  • 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.

  • Biosimilars for Rheumatoid Arthritis: 5 Facts

    Discussion of the distinction between biosimilars and biologic originators and the cost and approval process of biosimilars for rheumatoid arthritis.

  • Prednisone Dosage Case Study

    Case study of prednisone dosage in a person with rheumatoid arthritis / disease has several implications for understanding of disease activity.

  • Prednisone Effects: Your Results May Vary

    Discussion of prednisone effects and side effects, and finding a manageable effective dose of a medicine famous for being both miraculous and intolerable.

  • Is Prednisone Over-Prescribed?

    Is prednisone over-prescribed? Debating benefits versus risks of steroids and reasons they are still necessary in people with rheumatoid arthritis.

  • Doctor: Posterior Tibial Tendonitis Is “Extremely Common with Rheumatoid”

    We interrupt our regularly scheduled program for a brief discussion of posterior tibial tendonitis in “Rheumatoid Arthritis” (RA) / Rheumatoid Disease (RD). There is a long list of topics I want to cover, but sometimes the RD itself pushes other things farther down the page. This week, I continued to have problems putting weight on […]

  • Medication Fears and Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Fear of medicine Have you ever been afraid of taking medicine? I have. Who knew that there’s actually a name for a fear of medication: pharmacophobia. Appearing irrational to Dr. Laptop As if I were once again the 19 year-old girl who quit taking thyroid medication, the day I learned I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid […]

  • An Unremarkable Reality: Scans Don’t Lie – or Do They?

    Show me your erosions or else Some of you may remember last year when we met Dr. Shrug who gave my foot an ultimatum: Show me a bone erosion, or no more DMARDs. We only ever saw the doc once (more than enough). It was Dr. Tylenol’s partner, who they scheduled us with since Dr. […]

  • Triple Therapy / Combination Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis

    Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis In the past few decades, Rheumatoid Arthritis has been treated with therapies designed for other diseases. It was not always clear how these drugs treated Rheumatoid Arthritis / Rheumatoid Disease, but they were found to reduce immune activity in various ways. Because researchers recognized certain drugs could slow or modify progression […]

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