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RA Runs in Families

RA runs in families: Part 1 I’ve always heard RA runs in families I have always said that the people you meet when living with this disease—or because you do—are the greatest side effect. That’s one of the things I would not change even though I hate rheumatoid disease. Some of my best friends connected with me first through RAW...Continue reading      20 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

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

Prednisone Versus Prednisolone: the Same for Everyone?

Whether medicine is personalized or not, patients are It’s fascinating how drugs are metabolized differently in different people, with different side effects and varying levels of benefit. But, prednisone is one thing we hear works the same on everyone. Is that right? Prednisone works well enough on most Rheumatoid patients that it’s used by some doctors as...Continue reading      96 Comments » Read more

What Causes Rheumatoid Arthritis to Trigger?

What causes Rheumatoid Arthritis? (UPDATED) I never asked “why me?” when diagnosed with RA because it’s not my way of thinking. Yet people do ask me “HOW did this happen?” or “What triggers RA?” What causes rheumatoid arthritis - that's the multi-billion dollar question! Here’s a summary of what is known at this point. There are a...Continue reading      91 Comments » Read more
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