7 Rheumatoid Arthritis Bathroom Complications

Rheumatoid arthritis bathroom problems? That’s right. Bathroom. Not a big fan of potty humor. But if you live with active rheumatoid arthritis bathroom visits can create a minefield of problems. As the bathroom became more and more difficult for me, I wondered whether I’m the only one. Today, I’m being bold to ask. Do you have a...Continue reading      48 Comments » Read more

Hardest #rheum Question From a Reader: Where Do I Go From Here?

Your comments, I’ve said, are a special blog in themselves, rich with insight and passion. Let’s talk about a recent comment by Paul on What’s Your First Symptom of Rheumatoid Arthritis: Hi All , my nanna was critical with it my Mum has spur’s on her spine her fingers are twisted and knarled and can’t hardly...Continue reading      13 Comments » Read more

Frozen: Ice Pack Princess

Little blue ice pack friends Roo still sleeps with stuffed animals – actually today there’s a more dignified word for them: plush toys. Since the plush characters are soft, he doesn't mind that they take up most of his bed. With an ice pack, it’s a different story: more like the fairy tale Frozen. Ice packs are...Continue reading      21 Comments » Read more

3 Rules of Fair Play for People Living with Rheumatoid Disease

Rheumatoid Awareness Day is only ONE day away. Join us this morning February 1 at 10 a.m. ET for a special Twitter #rheum chat. RPF is inviting clinicians, patients, and caregivers to Tweet at least once to help spread awareness. Join in by just adding “#rheum” to a Tweet – or click here to read...Continue reading      10 Comments » Read more

Rheumatoid Awareness: Judgmental Eye Rolls Versus Help & Compassion

Treated like you’re fine when you’re not A comment this week by Lisa sums up one of the most important reasons we need awareness for Rheumatoid Disease, and one of the hardest to explain to others. “RD awareness would mean that I wouldn’t be treated like I am fine when I am not. It would mean that...Continue reading      25 Comments » Read more

Could Divorce Be One More Pain from Rheumatoid Disease?

I’ve received several emails and messages from people living with Rheumatoid Disease (PRD) who have been divorced by a spouse, sometimes in part due to ways Rheumatoid Arthritis / Disease affects them. It’s sad to hear from a woman who can’t figure out how she’ll provide for her kids, or a mother whose kids were...Continue reading      27 Comments » Read more

Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain at Night

Rest & Rheumatoid Arthritis / Disease have an illogical relationship Rheumatoid Arthritis pain at night is ironic. Rest is one of the most crucial weapons in fighting Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) / Rheumatoid Disease (RD). Adequate rest is an important factor for most people with Rheumatoid Disease (PRD) as they push themselves to continue doing as much...Continue reading      37 Comments » Read more

Juggling Life and a Chronic Disease Like Rheumatoid

Usually when someone hears I have five children, they ask, “How?!” My answer is always the same: “One at a time.” They span about 15 years – it’s not like there were five toddlers at once. Actually, there was never more than one in diapers at a time – so my mom had it much...Continue reading      25 Comments » Read more

20 Essential Medication Safety Tips

Essential medication safety tips (UPDATED) For those living with a chronic disease, safe medication storage and use is more than following directions on an occasional antibiotic or treatment for an acute illness. Both the types of medications and the number of different medications present additional challenges and put people at greater risk for adverse drug events...Continue reading      21 Comments » Read more

Medscape Symposium Reveals Attitudes #Rheum Patients Encounter

Recently, we looked at a new report showing machines used to perform musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSUS) vary considerably in ability to detect inflammation, and warning about the use of MSUS in treatment decisions when the machines are not yet accuracy rated. We know that Patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) predict prognosis in Rheumatoid Disease (RD), but...Continue reading      20 Comments » Read more

25 Tips to Stay Well in Cold and Flu Season

This post is a response to questions about how to navigate cold and flu season with Rheumatoid Disease (RD). Flu shots are now center stage at grocery stores and pharmacies across the US. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), flu season can begin as early as October. There’s plenty of advice about...Continue reading      21 Comments » Read more

20 Tips for Traveling with Rheumatoid Arthritis / Disease

Flying with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a challenge Today as you read this, I’m doing my don’t-miss-the-plane dance. My close friends and family all know well how I start asking them a week before a trip to “pray I don’t miss the plane.” Really. I have missed the plane. Twice. I literally start preparing to catch a...Continue reading      28 Comments » Read more

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