The Role of Pain in Rheumatoid Arthritis

This is Part 1 in a series on the role of pain in rheumatoid arthritis / disease. What role does pain play in RA diagnosis? In disease assessment? In disease treatment? Let’s start with a history lesson… 2 kinds of medicines for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) In 2009, we discussed the need to both treat rheumatoid disease and...Continue reading      25 Comments » Read more

Curing Rheumatoid Arthritis in Mice and Men

Are we curing rheumatoid arthritis in mice? This post is in response to a comment from Robert about a new way for curing rheumatoid arthritis. He wrote: “A university in Switzerland has cured RA in mice, as of August 2014. Clinical trials in humans were due to start this year. Not a word since. [Link to...Continue reading      6 Comments » Read more

Joint Redness with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Ever notice the way Rheumatoid Arthritis joint redness is depicted? Pictures of joint redness that are supposed to be Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) have made me laugh out loud for years. Joint redness is often shown with a bright red touchup glow. Why do they paint the joints bright red like ketchup? Maybe they can’t find a picture...Continue reading      21 Comments » Read more

Rheumatoid Arthritis Mortality

Rheumatoid Arthritis mortality: 40% increased risk Investigators at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) recently found Rheumatoid arthritis mortality to be significantly increased. A 40 percent greater overall risk of death, especially death due to respiratory or cardiovascular causes, is discussed in BWH’s recent press release, Rheumatoid arthritis linked to increased risk of death, which describes...Continue reading      18 Comments » Read more

Can Potassium Reduce Pain in Rheumatoid Arthritis / Disease?

Could potassium reduce pain in rheumatoid disease? “Oral Potassium (K+) Reduces Pain in RA: A Randomized Active Control Study of Diet Based K+ Intervention” A poster presented at the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Annual Scientific Meeting earlier this month described how potassium may be important in rheumatoid arthritis / disease. Researchers in India randomized 172 people...Continue reading      13 Comments » Read more

Chronic Pain vs. Recurrent Acute Pain in Rheumatoid Disease

An honest examination shows pain related to rheumatoid disease may frequently be better described as recurrent acute pain than classic chronic pain. Is “chronic pain” the right way to describe Rheumatoid Disease pain? According to the National Institutes of Health, chronic pain is “any pain lasting more than 12 weeks. Whereas acute pain is a normal sensation...Continue reading      28 Comments » Read more

Does Diet Influence the Risk of Developing Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)?

“The Mediterranean diet, rich in fish, plant food, mono- and polyunsaturated fat, and including moderate wine consumption, has been suggested to protect against e.g. cardiovascular disease, but its effect on RA development has only been studied to a limited extent.”[1] Do Mediterranean or vegetarian diets impact Rheumatoid Arthritis risk? The Swedish Epidemiological Investigation of Rheumatoid Arthritis (EIRA)...Continue reading      31 Comments » Read more

The Cricoarytenoid Joint and Rheumatoid Disease

Speechless… the cricoarytenoid joint is commonly affected in Rheumatoid Disease Recently a small study from Brazil raised the topic of cricoarytenoid arthritis (CA), a little-recognized aspect of Rheumatoid Disease. In 2009, RAW first discussed CA with patients who expressed amazement that their vocal cord / larynx problems were related to their Rheumatoid Disease. There are a...Continue reading      49 Comments » Read more

Genetics & Rheumatoid Disease: More Complicated Than Cancer?

No one wants complicated answers, of course. But some answers are complicated, with multiple layers or causes. Like Rheumatoid Disease and childhood hearing loss. Instead of differing experiences of patients being  suspect, they should be valuable clues to answers we all seek. Answers and more questions The past few months have been a slow process of diagnosis...Continue reading      10 Comments » Read more

Rheumatoid Symptoms Persist Despite Treatment: a Study in Juveniles (JRA / JIA)

In spite of treatment advances including biologics, children affected by Rheumatoid Disease still experience pain, stiffness, and fatigue that impacts their ability to function. The disease may not be as “controlled” as many doctors presume. This may not be news to you as a patient or caregiver, but as these researchers point out, it needs...Continue reading      5 Comments » Read more

Hints of an Immunity Fingerprint: Bee Stings, Peanuts, and Colds

What if each immune system is unique, so none respond exactly the same? Almost two years ago I told you about a phrase I’d coined, the immune fingerprint, to describe the unique way each person’s immune system responds to a similar or identical stimulus. I hope you’ll read that original post explaining it’s only logical that...Continue reading      17 Comments » Read more

Remaining Pain with Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

A common problem: remaining pain with Rheumatoid Arthritis Remaining pain with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) has been a topic on RAW since 2009. We've discussed how people manage the common “leftover” symptoms such pain, fatigue, and stiffness while being treated for rheumatoid disease. Leftover or remaining pain is the subject of an interesting abstract reported at the recent...Continue reading      30 Comments » Read more

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