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Rheumatoid Arthritis Muscle Wasting: Rheumatoid Cachexia

Wasting time on Rheumatoid Arthritis muscle wasting? Rheumatoid Arthritis is famous for bone erosions and joint deformity. That’s bad enough, but RA doesn’t stop there. Rheumatoid Arthritis is a systemic disease which can affect all organs and systems in the body. One of the first RA symptoms I experienced was extreme weakness in muscles and tendons. As...Continue reading      62 Comments » Read more

Do You Love a Rheumatoid Arthritis Patient?

Dear friend of a Rheumatoid Arthritis patient: Last year when I wrote my first memo to Non-RA'ers, I tried to explain in simple words what it is like to be a Rheumatoid Arthritis Patient (RA’er). I thought that if I explained Rheumatoid Arthritis in terms of injuries and illnesses that are familiar, it would be easier...Continue reading      25 Comments » Read more

Rheumatoid Arthritis Disability Makes Things Difficult

Rheumatoid Arthritis makes certain things difficult. From what I can tell, the classic list is opening doorknobs, jars, or buttons.  I have found many more things to be difficult than that, so I thought I’d modernize the list a bit. Got any more ideas? Rheumatoid Arthritis disability makes things hard. No one thinks about...             Peeling a...Continue reading      134 Comments » Read more

Working and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Working and RA: Rheumatoid Arthritis is a thief. It steals so much from our lives. Very often that includes the ability to make a living. There are ripples out from this one issue into every other area of life. Here’s a short list I bet you could add to. Self-respect Standard of living Health coverage Relationships Loss of your productivity to family,...Continue reading      106 Comments » Read more

Should Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Exercise, Part 2

  Should Rheumatoid Arthritis patients exercise or not? There was a bit of a backlash to the Part 1 blog post to this series on exercise and Rheumatoid Arthritis. A few people even unsubscribed. But, staying out of trouble is not a goal of this blog. Truth-telling is. Specifically, what I have challenged is the kneejerk “Use it...Continue reading      35 Comments » Read more

To Tell the Truth: Will the Real Rheumatoid Arthritis Please Stand Up?

Swimming with dragons This RA Warrior is a dragon slayer. There is one particular dragon who is my arch enemy. It is the mythical version of Rheumatoid Arthritis. I imagine that as it deceives people about Rheumatoid Arthritis, there is less concern about whether a cure is needed for the real RA. The mythical version of RA...Continue reading      26 Comments » Read more

24 for Rheumatoid Arthritis Warriors

I wanted to do a "24" segment on RA to show what it’s like to live with it 24 / 7. I wrote this down a couple months ago, but I saved it for today because I wanted to post it right after the joint protection article. We Live With Rheumatoid Arthritis 24 / 7 Here is...Continue reading      13 Comments » Read more

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