RA Surgery — 10 Questions Answered

This week I had my second RA surgery, after 13 years of living with severe, unrelenting rheumatoid disease that does not respond to medications other than steroids. I definitely asked my surgeon lots of questions. But, this second time, I knew even better what to expect by what I had learned last time. I hope these Q and A...Continue reading      9 Comments » Read more

Seronegative Rheumatoid Arthritis Is Hazy

What does seronegative rheumatoid arthritis mean? Seronegative rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a topic that brings a lot of confusion for the public, people living with rheumatoid disease, and sometimes even medical professionals. Put simply, seronegative is a term used to when there is an absence of an antibody that is usually found with a certain disease.1 The...Continue reading      9 Comments » Read more

Early RA Screening Matters

Real hope in early RA screening Every day my email box and social media streams are filled with “exciting” news of promising RA breakthroughs and so-called cures. But rarely is there news that I know will make a difference—either to investigators studying rheumatoid disease (RD) or to people living with RD (PRD). Today, with regard to early...Continue reading      4 Comments » Read more

Prevent RA Just Like Cancer

Could methotrexate prevent RA? Several studies presented at the American College of Rheumatology’s (ACR) Annual Scientific Meeting in Chicago last fall are investigating how to prevent RA. One poster in particular, from the Netherlands’ group, presented startling results as they re-analyzed data from the PROMPT trial. They concluded that a one-year course of methotrexate could prevent RA or delay its development.1 I...Continue reading      7 Comments » Read more

Rheumatoid Disease Awareness Expands

Years ago, texts with my daughter MK prompted me to dream of billboards for rheumatoid disease awareness. Wouldn't it be incredible to lay out the truth for people to see as they just drove by? I have a huge surprise for you if you have just a moment for rheumatoid disease awareness memory lane. It’s #RheumDay—a...Continue reading      20 Comments » Read more

RA Bone Mineral Density Predicts Mortality

RA bone mineral density may be another indicator of the mostly hidden disease activity of rheumatoid disease (RD). Investigators studying patients in Texas have made some landmark observations. RA bone mineral density may be associated with mortality A session at the most recent scientific meeting of the American College of Rheumatology explored how RA bone mineral density...Continue reading      5 Comments » Read more

10 Perfect Gifts for Chronic Illness with Gift Guide

Special gifts for chronic illness RA Warrior already has a popular gift guide: 21 Gifts for People with Rheumatoid Arthritis. But in the past couple of years, I’ve found and tried so many new things—several given to me by loved ones! So I’m choosing some of the best ones to recommend to you in this new...Continue reading      5 Comments » Read more

A Plateau in RA Treatment Progress?

A patient’s look at RA treatment progress In this provocative guest post, RA Warrior welcomes Dana Symons, who asks whether we’ve reached A Plateau in RA Treatment Progress. If you’re like me, you’ll wonder why other news outlets haven’t asked these questions. But first, Dana is the talent behind many RD awareness graphics provided by the...Continue reading      8 Comments » Read more

10 Ways I Know RA Is Not Your Fault

RA is not your fault If you can’t avoid RA, then RA is not your fault… Media articles about rheumatoid disease (RD) / rheumatoid arthritis (RA) often imply that there are things people can do to either avoid getting the disease or to lower disease activity. Most of them present helpful tips to alleviate RA. From hand...Continue reading      14 Comments » Read more

Rheumatoid Arthritis Problems, Anyone?

Two kinds of rheumatoid arthritis problems There are two kinds of rheumatoid arthritis problems. There are the ones caused directly by the disease—like fatigue, pain, or weakness. And then there are the problems that are caused by those—like not being able to play tennis or break dance anymore—or being chronically late. (Anyone else dealing with RA...Continue reading      12 Comments » Read more

Opioids and Chronic Pain

This is the second in a series on opioids & chronic pain. If you know someone with a painful chronic illness, please share this article. Opioids chronic pain debate: cause of epidemic or proper pain relief? In 2003, Nursing Times argued the evidence for treating “chronic non-malignant pain” with opioids (Chronic pain and opioids: dispelling myths and...Continue reading      26 Comments » Read more

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