7 Tips on Rheumatoid Arthritis Complications

This is part 2 of a series on the systemic nature of rheumatoid disease, what’s often called rheumatoid arthritis complications. You can read part 1 here: Systemic Disease with Joint Symptoms. First, Rheumatoid arthritis complications is not quite true Referring to symptoms of a disease as “complications” is usually a distortion of the facts. I’ve explained before...Continue reading      6 Comments » Read more

Systemic Disease with Joint Symptoms

Recognizing a systemic disease with joint symptoms Do you ever wrestle with the disease aspect of rheumatoid disease (RD) – a systemic disease with joint symptoms? From what I’ve seen doctors, patients, care givers, and the public all struggle to grasp the systemic nature of the disease. We don’t want to see ourselves as sick, and...Continue reading      11 Comments » Read more

Livedo Reticularis & Rheumatoid Arthritis: Nothing Rash about It

Does livedo reticularis have anything to do with Rheumatoid disease? Livedo reticularis is a purplish-colored lace pattern under the skin. There is no raised or itchy rash on the surface of the skin, but the light and dark areas resemble a net-like pattern. The causes and treatments for livedo reticularis are not fully understood, however it...Continue reading      85 Comments » Read more

Can We Treat the Whole Person or at Least the Whole Disease?

It’s like watching The Terminal. RA is a Twilight Zone No-Man’s-Land disease. “Mr. Navorski, you cannot get into New York without a visa. You cannot get a visa without a passport, and you cannot get a new passport without a country. There’s nothing we can do for you here.” I got a letter today about one...Continue reading      36 Comments » Read more

What’s the Big Deal about Rheumatoid Disease?

Just how big of a deal is this disease? I suppose the fact that I’ve written several hundred pages about it is a clue to my opinion. Yet, most of those articles were written with intentional restraint, avoiding hyperbole, at times even understating my own symptoms in an attempt to be more judicious. Many view Rheumatoid...Continue reading      37 Comments » Read more

Do You Have Strange RA Symptoms?

What are the strangest symptoms you’ve had since the RA onset that you think are related to the rheumatoid arthritis / disease? For some, strange RA symptoms like fevers, weight loss, and laryngitis turn out to be perfectly accepted historical symptoms of RA that patients just aren’t told about. However, sometimes people ask about unusual symptoms that I...Continue reading      329 Comments » Read more

Do Doctors Surprise Patients with Surgical Procedures?

Some surprises are routine Last month, I read a blog entitled “Patient-Centered Care Should Minimize Post-Surgical Surprises” by Jessie Gruman. Her article haunted me; I contemplated how I might guess what the right questions are to ask to avoid medical surprises. Actually, it seemed from her post that it might not matter too much whether I...Continue reading      34 Comments » Read more

Rheumatoid Arthritis Complications

How to view Rheumatoid Arthritis complications Typically, Rheumatoid Arthritis has extra-articular manifestations. That means it attacks the body outside of the joints. Seems like RA doesn’t know how to be only arthritis. In RA 101, I wrote that Rheumatoid Arthritis complications are secondary symptoms of RA. I’ve wondered whether the word complications serves us well since we...Continue reading      20 Comments » Read more

20 Signs of Rheumatoid Arthritis in the Mirror

Some physical signs of Rheumatoid Arthritis (UPDATED 2016) If you're interested in reading more on RA symptoms, check out these All 54 (& growing) articles on RAW about RA symptoms My 8/2014 list of all my RA symptoms to date Maybe seeing signs of Rheumatoid Arthritis in the mirror is less significant than other problems, but it still matters. An RA diagnosis...Continue reading      109 Comments » Read more

Part 6: Checklist for Moderating Methotrexate Side Effects in Rheumatoid Arthritis

What can be done to help methotrexate side effects? 13 Things to consider before flushing methotrexate Methotrexate is an important drug for Rheumatoid Arthritis treatment. Many patients give up on it before fully considering their options. If a physician has recommended you discontinue methotrexate either due to liver toxicity or kidney malfunction, then you must do so....Continue reading      Make a Comment » Read more

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Basilar Invagination

The story of the courageous and cute Nicole Bradshaw Imagine cold sharp screws digging into your skull while you are wide awake. No, it’s not an early Halloween movie. It’s Nicole Bradshaw’s autobiography. This vibrant Australian young woman has lived with Rheumatoid Arthritis since childhood. She became accustomed to pain, surgeries, and medications. Her courageous spirit...Continue reading      11 Comments » Read more

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