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

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      27 Comments » Read more

Safe Acetaminophen Dosage with Chronic Pain

Problems knowing acetaminophen dosage Medication safety is one more health concern for people living with frequent acute pain or chronic pain from chronic illness like rheumatoid disease (RD). It’s not always obvious when it comes to acetaminophen dosage especially. Can you believe nearly 50% of excess acetaminophen-related liver damage is an unintentional result of not reading...Continue reading      5 Comments » Read more

Impact of One Shot for RA – 10 Signs

Has a shot for RA ever rocked your world? I had a strange experience arriving for church Sunday. I woke up, got dressed, even fixed breakfast, and then somehow arrived fifteen minutes early. Why did it seem like I had all… the… time… in the world? It went back to last Thursday when I got a...Continue reading      44 Comments » Read more

Systemic Disease with Joint Symptoms

Recognizing a systemic disease with joint symptoms Do you ever wrestle with the disease aspect of rheumatoid disease (RD) – a systemic disease with joint symptoms? From what I’ve seen doctors, patients, care givers, and the public all struggle to grasp the systemic nature of the disease. We don’t want to see ourselves as sick, and...Continue reading      11 Comments » Read more

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

It’s prescription drug take-back day in the U.S. Safely dispose of any unneeded or expired medications by dropping them off at a prescription drug take-back site October 28, 2017, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. National prescription drug take-back day The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sponsors the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative in the U.S. to provide a...Continue reading      1 Comment » Read more

Why We Need More Potassium and How to Get It

Recent studies show potassium supplementation may reduce pain for some patients. The use of corticosteroids is another reason people with chronic illness may need more potassium. First some very basic background information. If you’re trying to lower sodium, you may need more potassium In order for cells to function properly, potassium must be higher in concentration inside...Continue reading      6 Comments » Read more

10 Things I Wish I Knew 10 Years Ago About Rheumatoid Arthritis

Why wonder about 10 things I wish I knew 10 years ago? January was my rheumaversary. Yes that’s a new word. But it’s pretty clear what it means. Over the past few months I’ve been pondering what it means to live a decade with unrelenting rheumatoid disease. What does my future hold? There is so much...Continue reading      25 Comments » Read more

Glenn Frey’s Cause of Death

Rheumatoid disease is not for the faint of heart. Just as 3 heartrending comments reminded me what a struggle it can be to keep fighting, RA Warriors began to grapple the shocking news of Glenn Frey’s cause of death. The Eagles’ website: “Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications...Continue reading      39 Comments » Read more

10 More Rheumatoid Arthritis Facts I Learned the Hard Way

Must-know rheumatoid disease / rheumatoid arthritis facts One of the most popular articles on RA Warrior discusses 10 Essential Facts About Rheumatoid Arthritis No Doctor Ever Told Me. Those first 10 rheumatoid arthritis facts are still very important. However, this disease keeps teaching us over time, doesn’t it? No one who is not living with rheumatoid disease...Continue reading      39 Comments » Read more

21 Gifts for People with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Special gifts for people with rheumatoid arthritis / rheumatoid disease - UPDATED People asked me for years to publish a gift guide for people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) / disease (RD). The past few months I thought about what the best gifts for people with rheumatoid arthritis are anyway. We appreciate the same loving gifts as...Continue reading      9 Comments » Read more
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