15 Early Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

The significance of early symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis In 2009, I asked people with rheumatoid disease (PRD) to list the first symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis they had experienced. Over 800 people have commented, simply listing their first symptoms. There are also dozens of Onset Stories on RA Warrior. Our experiences with early symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis...Continue reading      36 Comments » Read more

Hardest #rheum Question From a Reader: Where Do I Go From Here?

Your comments, I’ve said, are a special blog in themselves, rich with insight and passion. Let’s talk about a recent comment by Paul on What’s Your First Symptom of Rheumatoid Arthritis: Hi All , my nanna was critical with it my Mum has spur’s on her spine her fingers are twisted and knarled and can’t hardly...Continue reading      13 Comments » Read more

Predicting Rheumatoid Arthritis

Two new studies indicate that predicting Rheumatoid Arthritis disease activity might be within the realm of possibility. I think Rheumatoid Arthritis lives secretly within the bodies of many victims for years, like a haunting. Invisible activity in a person's cells precedes diagnosis and many patients’ onset stories tell of years of suspicious symptoms. New studies give hope of...Continue reading      27 Comments » Read more

Rheumatology Blog Carnival #2: How Can Diagnosis Be Improved?

Welcome to the second ever rheumatology carnival, a blog carnival on diseases of rheumatology such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Sjögren’s syndrome, and Juvenile Arthritis. You are in for such a treat. I hope you’ll take time to read each of the blogs that was submitted. What would improve diagnosis of RA or other...Continue reading      12 Comments » Read more

How Can Autoimmune Arthritis Diagnosis Be Improved?

Why Rheumatoid Arthritis diagnosis must be improved We have over 60 Rheumatoid Arthritis diagnosis stories here on Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior. In some ways they’re all unique, but there are common threads. One familiar theme is that Rheumatoid Arthritis diagnosis is often difficult or protracted or confusing. This is not only true for Rheumatoid Arthritis, but for...Continue reading      20 Comments » Read more

New Criteria for Rheumatoid Arthritis

New criteria for studying Rheumatoid Arthritis Last October at their convention, the American College of Rheumatology unveiled the revised criteria for classification of Rheumatoid Arthritis (for more detail on how the point system works, please click that link). This month, in coordination with the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR), they have announced that the new guidelines have...Continue reading      11 Comments » Read more

What about Classic Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Wondering about a classic Rheumatoid Arthritis Almost one year ago, I asked Is There a Typical Rheumatoid Arthritis? That was the night I sat in a hotel room reading case studies about Rheumatoid Arthritis in the DIP joint (fingertip) after a not-so-enlightening visit with a character I now call Dr. Dip. I had no idea whether I...Continue reading      90 Comments » Read more

3 Myths about RA that are Rheumatoid Arthritis Facts

The blog will be a year old on Monday. I’m using this time to reflect on some things that struck me this year. Some conventional Rheumatoid Arthritis facts are also mythical RA is such a tricky disease that even Rheumatoid Arthritis facts can be a bit ambiguous. Here are three accepted facts that are full of mystery. Rheumatoid...Continue reading      28 Comments » Read more

The Rheumatoid Arthritis Diagnosis Mystery

Mysterious flares For me, a Rheumatoid Arthritis diagnosis was a very long process. From the teen years on, sudden painful flares attacked my hands, feet, hips, and shoulders – only I had no idea they were called flares. The whole process seemed rather comical, like a scene from a Dick Van Dyke episode: healthy girl falls down...Continue reading      21 Comments » Read more

Newly Diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis Mall Map

You Are Here:  How to use this page Move your mouse over letters on the Mall Map to see topics important for those newly diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Click on a letter to go to that section. Welcome to the Newly Diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis page The very first thing...Continue reading      Comments Off on Newly Diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis Mall Map Read more

Newly Diagnosed Rheumatoid Arthritis Map

Lately, I’m getting more mail and messages from the newly diagnosed. Rheumatoid Arthritis is such a complicated diagnosis to handle. There is so much to figure out, I’ve often joked that we ought to get a degree and little letters after our name: RA. Answering emails and messages is an enjoyable part of my day because...Continue reading      52 Comments » Read more

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