10 Ways I Know RA Is Not Your Fault

RA is not your fault If you can’t avoid RA, then RA is not your fault… Media articles about rheumatoid disease (RD) / rheumatoid arthritis (RA) often imply that there are things people can do to either avoid getting the disease or to lower disease activity. Most of them present helpful tips to alleviate RA. From hand...Continue reading      13 Comments » Read more

Opioids and Chronic Pain

This is the second in a series on opioids & chronic pain. If you know someone with a painful chronic illness, please share this article. Opioids chronic pain debate: cause of epidemic or proper pain relief? In 2003, Nursing Times argued the evidence for treating “chronic non-malignant pain” with opioids (Chronic pain and opioids: dispelling myths and...Continue reading      26 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

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

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

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

It’s prescription drug take-back day in the U.S. Safely dispose of any unneeded or expired medications by dropping them off at a prescription drug take-back site October 28, 2017, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. National prescription drug take-back day The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sponsors the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative in the U.S. to provide a...Continue reading      1 Comment » Read more

Just Do What You Can Do

Can you be satisfied with “do what you can”? “Just like magic, I’ll be flying free. I’mma disappear when they come for me”* All of my life I’ve been a "do what you can," as-much-as-you-can soul. I never fancied disappearing because I wanted to make a positive impact and I thrive on making a difference. That’s my name...Continue reading      12 Comments » Read more

How to Live Like a Warrior: 3 Lessons

Kelly, you want to tell me how to live like a warrior, really… When I can’t get anything done from fatigue or pain? When medications have failed me? When I feel like the disease is trying to taking over? When my spouse or my friends misunderstand? When I can’t work any more and I can’t make ends meet? Recent readers have...Continue reading      24 Comments » Read more

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