Inventory of Rheumatoid Disease: One Patient’s Experience

Ok, this brief awkward moment of my life is called “Inventory” Many with Rheumatoid Disease are more severely affected than I am; others are milder. I am one woman. This is my experience. You may remember this article on happiness inspired this list, but I put it aside for a few busy months. Now, I’ve come back...Continue reading      48 Comments » Read more

Swollen Knees Are Smoother: The Glad Game in Rheumatoid Disease

Swollen knees and a smile (UPDATED 2016) A silver lining to swollen knees I made a strange discovery a couple weeks ago in the bathtub. Not Roo’s plastic goldfish. Round knees. (Swollen knees). Shaving my legs (I hope the guys won’t mind this story too much…) I was amazed how easily the razor glided around my knees. Inspecting...Continue reading      20 Comments » Read more

Sternoclavicular Joint Involvement in Rheumatoid Arthritis: Fascinating Discovery of a “Neglected Joint”

About a month ago, I was fascinated by a new report on 103 “patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis” in Mexico, “Sternoclavicular Joint Involvement in Rheumatoid Arthritis: Clinical and Ultrasound Findings of a Neglected Joint.” A sternoclavicular (SC) joint is a joint at the top of the sternum that allows movement of the clavicle. We each have...Continue reading      16 Comments » Read more

What Is Crepitus in Rheumatoid Arthritis / Disease?

Crepitus is a sound-word – like crash or splash Crepitus is one of those words I don’t think I used before being diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (like discrepancy). Crepitus is a general term for noise in the body like the grating, popping, or cracking sounds produced by joints or supporting tissues or the crunching sound in...Continue reading      56 Comments » Read more

Livedo reticularis diagnosis – she knelt next to me with a medical textbook

See PART 1 to learn more on Livedo reticularis in rheumatoid disease Last week was one of those professional patient weeks, with three doctor’s appointments and a lab visit. “Professional patient” is not something I happily say. It started out in 2009 as a tongue in cheek way to make the most of an annoying phenomenon –...Continue reading      23 Comments » Read more

Brain Fog: Testing Cognitive Dysfunction with Rheumatoid Arthritis / Disease

The last few weeks I’ve been rereading abstracts from the ACR scientific meeting we attended in November. There were many fascinating studies presented, like the tendons investigation on the blog a couple days ago. This one on testing cognitive function jumps out at me: “The Relationship Between Perceived Cognitive Dysfunction and Objective Neuropsychological Performance in Persons...Continue reading      90 Comments » Read more

Does Rheumatoid Arthritis Affect Tendons?

Studying the effect of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) on tendons As early as 1968, tendon involvement in Rheumatoid Arthritis was recognized and investigated as seen in the abstract “Tendon Involvement in Rheumatoid Arthritis” in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases: Tenosynovitis is one of the common features of rheumatoid arthritis in the hand. It affects both the extensor and...Continue reading      56 Comments » Read more

Hang 10: Is the Jury Still Out on Rheumatoid Arthritis Feet?

This is part 2 of a series on RA feet. Yesterday, I conveyed my skepticism about failing to “count” Rheumatoid Arthritis forefeet when measuring disease activity. “Individuals with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) experience debilitating foot pain and deformity, which in turn contributes to the substantial physical disability well-documented in this population. More than 70% of all individuals...Continue reading      29 Comments » Read more

Poll Shows Textbooks Wrong on Rheumatoid Arthritis Morning Stiffness

Morning stiffness is like morning sickness Did you ever have a baby? Did you have morning sickness? Was it only in the morning? Were you still pregnant? Everyone recognizes there is a lot of variety to the morning sickness experience. Some have it for a few weeks, some have it for all nine months and others never...Continue reading      41 Comments » Read more

7 Atypical Rheumatoid Arthritis Effects Are Actually Typical

What can we say about atypical Rheumatoid Arthritis? (UPDATED) Our similarities & differences with Rheumatoid Arthritis are fascinating! I sure wished I had a dollar for every time a patient told me his / her doctor said he / she has atypical Rheumatoid Arthritis! And some actually have quite common symptoms! Here are 7 things that are often said...Continue reading      78 Comments » Read more

The Immune Fingerprint and Rheumatoid Disease

I’ve made up another term because I haven’t heard of anything suitable: “immune fingerprint.” It occurred to me that while we talk about how the disease Rheumatoid Arthritis (or Rheumatoid Autoimmune Disease) affects us, one key to understanding disease activity may be considering how we affect the disease. If a disease disrupts the immune system, causing...Continue reading      26 Comments » Read more

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