Anyone Else Lose Time Thanks to Rheumatoid Disease?

I lost another week. Anyone know where I put it? Seems like the left side of my cervical spine had an inflammation party this week. I ended up with some swelling that pinched the nerve going down the back of my arm and pushed a rib out near my shoulder blade. The orthopedic doc figures it...Continue reading      8 Comments » Read more

New England Compounding Center and Beyond: Medications Warnings and Dangers

When there are warnings of dangers related to medication, there is greater risk to chronic disease patients for two reasons: First, we may be more likely to use the drugs in question. And second, we are more vulnerable because we have a systemic illness. Several news reports over the past few weeks are especially relevant...Continue reading      8 Comments » Read more

Accessing a “Controlled” Medication (Carisoprodol) – a Pain in the Neck

One of the most insidious barriers to proper treatment of Rheumatoid Disease, and other painful diseases, is something that has become a touchy topic and a political hot potato: the controlled status of various medicines to treat disease symptoms. For the past few years, I’ve encouraged patients to recognize and consider options for both disease...Continue reading      59 Comments » Read more

Five Things I’ve Learned about Rheumatoid Arthritis in the Neck

I promised to write about what’s going on with my neck. It’s hard to sort out what would help others to know, so I made a list of five things I’ve learned. Sometimes, it’s about sharing our journey too. Here are 5 things I’ve learned about Rheumatoid Arthritis in the neck 1) Do not ignore Rheumatoid Arthritis...Continue reading      49 Comments » Read more

Life of a Professional Patient, Blog#7: Radiofrequency Ablation with RA?

Radiofrequency ablation has nothing to do with RA. Unless RA pain from the spine is real. Warning: This is one of those personal posts. It was an unusual week. Monday: We drove to Orlando for Roo’s hernia post-op appointment. It’s all good. I wish every doc were so skilled. Tiger saw his Fairy Godmother (hearing aid specialist). I wish...Continue reading      6 Comments » Read more

Excellent Rheumatology Care with a Horrible Rheumatoid Disease

RA Warrior is glad to welcome David Biundo to share some male perspective of living with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Over the last few months David’s rheumatologist has read and re-read his nuclear bone scan and various X-rays and MRI’s in order to carefully monitor the progression of David’s cervical spine Rheumatoid Arthritis. The nuclear bone scan...Continue reading      24 Comments » Read more

Author Inspired by Cause of Death Rheumatoid Arthritis

Shocked to read Cause of Death Rheumatoid Arthritis (UPDATED) I’m so lucky to live about an hour from Disney World. No, I don’t go park hopping! But, we can go meet people who come to Orlando for business or pleasure. Recently, Katie Beth and I drove over to meet with Carla Jones, author of Death by Rheumatoid...Continue reading      8 Comments » Read more

Death by Rheumatoid Arthritis: Possible and Preventable

Death by Rheumatoid Arthritis book (UPDATED 2016) Daughter turns tragic death by Rheumatoid Arthritis to mission of hope Carla’s book caught my attention several years ago and we quickly became friends. Carla has done a remarkable thing by using her personal tragedy to benefit others. I hope you enjoy this review of her book and purchase a copy of...Continue reading      50 Comments » Read more

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Back Problems

I’m writing about back problems and Rheumatoid Arthritis since I’ve been asked several times to discuss this topic. This is a blog that is a mixture of experience and questions, not a scientific examination or review of all back issues.  I’ve met so many Rheumatoid Arthritis patients with back problems Like many with Rheumatoid Arthritis, back “problems”...Continue reading      67 Comments » Read more

Rheumatoid Arthritis News Articles, Volume 2

3 hot Rheumatoid Arthritis news articles 1) Woman with Rheumatoid Arthritis dies after seafood The Galveston Daily News reported last week a Port Bolivar, Texas woman with Rheumatoid Arthritis died of an infection of flesh-eating bacteria. The bacteria, which are common in warm salt water worldwide, can cause necrotizing fasciitis. Ginger Ling, 57, had cleaned and cooked...Continue reading      10 Comments » Read more

What Is the List of Rheumatoid Arthritis Joints?

Searching for proof for Rheumatoid Arthritis joints Several people have recently asked me questions about which joints can be affected by Rheumatoid Arthritis.  Cindy’s post is a typical example. People write that they are worried because when they complain about an RA symptom, a doctor has told them something like this: “You cannot get Rheumatoid Arthritis...Continue reading      56 Comments » Read more

Can Rheumatoid Arthritis Affect the Spine?

You can’t get Rheumatoid Arthritis in the spine, can you? (The funny noises in my neck say yes. Let’s see what the funny-sounding medical words say about RA in the spine…) The only books on Rheumatoid Arthritis that I read are ones from “legitimate” sources such as recognized university hospitals or M.D.’s who specialize in rheumatology. But, there...Continue reading      102 Comments » Read more

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