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Rheumatoid Arthritis Signs and Symptoms

Learning about rheumatoid arthritis signs and symptoms Last week, I asked followers of my Facebook Page to share about first rheumatoid arthritis signs and symptoms before diagnosis. This is a question we’ve discussed several times over the years, and readers have taught me so much when I ask it. You have led me to dig deeper...Continue reading      4 Comments » Read more

RA Public Service Announcement Video

Announcing a new RA public service announcement Please watch my second-ever RA public service announcement, below! My mom always said to “make it short and sweet”—well this is short and serious. But hopefully you’ll feel the passion of my heart: 1) For people to recognize rheumatoid disease is more than arthritis—it’s a serious disease. 2) For people to recognize early testing...Continue reading      1 Comment » 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

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
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