Trigger Finger in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Trigger finger in rheumatoid arthritis / rheumatoid disease Trigger finger in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a common visible effect of the disease. Fingers, to varying degrees, become stuck in a bent position, as in pulling a trigger. The joints are not actually fused when this occurs. But the tendons get caught in a tendon sheath (or...Continue reading      21 Comments » Read more

What Causes Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain?

Why ask what causes rheumatoid arthritis pain? Today we answer a letter from a reader that raises key questions about living with rheumatoid disease (RD). Why is it so painful? Why doesn’t treatment take away pain? Why isn’t the pain dealt with? In part, the answer is found in another question: What causes rheumatoid arthritis pain? Until...Continue reading      22 Comments » Read more

Lessons in 8 Quotes from Doctor Strange

Quotes from Doctor Strange, fitting for RD Recently I took my son Roo to see the 2016 Walt Disney movie Doctor Strange. Based on the Marvel Comics superhero, Doctor Stephen Strange is an uber-arrogant neurosurgeon who is psychologically crushed by losing the use of his hands in a horrific car accident. His journey to physical and...Continue reading      4 Comments » Read more

Opioid Restrictions Versus Patient Needs

The thinking behind recent opioid restrictions There are two sides to arguments behind recent efforts at opioid restrictions in the U.S. However one side has been dominant in the last couple of years. State and federal governments have enacted opioid restrictions in an attempt to reduce misuse of prescription medications. Options for patients with severe pain...Continue reading      20 Comments » Read more

RA Can’t Be That Bad – 5 Lies and 5 Replies

Ever heard RA can’t be that bad? Have you ever heard anyone say that RA can’t be that bad? Or more likely, is there ever a day when someone does not hear that RA can’t be that bad? Almost every day someone let’s me know they can tell I’m exaggerating how disabled I am, how bad...Continue reading      36 Comments » Read more

Why Rheumatoid Arthritis Frailty Matters

What is rheumatoid arthritis frailty? The word frailty suggests a serious level of health vulnerability. In medical terms, frailty often describes a range of conditions in elderly people: “frailty comprises a collection of biomedical factors which influences an individual's physiological state in a way that reduces his or her capacity to withstand environmental stresses.”1 Frailty expresses...Continue reading      9 Comments » Read more

Arthritis Prescreening Like Minority Report

Arthritis prescreening is like Minority Report with Tom Cruise …Or is it? When I read Dr. Scott’s creative newspaper column, comparing rheumatoid arthritis prescreening to Minority Report, the sci-fi flick about punishing crimes before they happen, I didn’t know where to begin. I love movie analogies – there are a bunch of them on this blog. But Dr. Scott...Continue reading      11 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

Making Lemonade When You Want Latte

Does making lemonade make it all better? When I first started my blog on Google’s Blogger website, the profile page required people to describe themselves with whatever question that popped up. The question I got was “What is your super power?” I answered “Making lemonade.” It seemed like rheumatoid disease (RD) was like every other trouble that...Continue reading      7 Comments » Read more

Rheumatoid Arthritis CRP Levels

Why look at rheumatoid arthritis CRP levels? C-reactive protein, commonly called CRP, is a protein that can be produced by the liver in response to other immune activity, especially the increase of IL-6. CRP can rise quickly in response to many inflammatory conditions such as infections or injury, helping clear out dying cells or bacteria. Blood tests for...Continue reading      25 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

Rheumatoid Arthritis Clinical Trials: 10 Facts

How do Rheumatoid Arthritis clinical trials work? Clinical trials are research studies that test medications, devices, or procedures that may be used to treat a disease. Sometimes already approved medications are also tested in new ways. Rheumatoid Arthritis clinical trials not only help to create new treatments, but also help develop better ways of managing the...Continue reading      3 Comments » Read more

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