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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      29 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 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

Thinking about Rheumatoid Arthritis Hands

Rheumatoid Arthritis: hands are significant You’ve probably heard me say that Rheumatoid Arthritis is not a hand disease – principally. So many books and websites give particular emphasis to hands in the RA diagnosis process. However, I’m wondering whether it is clear what to look for.   Usually, involvement of particular hand joints such as the metacarpophalangeal...Continue reading      60 Comments » Read more

Interview with a young woman living with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Part 1

Cool things in common don’t include living with Rheumatoid Arthritis A couple of months ago, I met Pamela. She is a soft-spoken girl who loves God and the Jonas brothers. She adores her family. In spite of our generation gap, we have a lot in common. We both cut coupons, go to church, and love music,...Continue reading      22 Comments » Read more

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