Rheumatoid arthritis treatment Archives | Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior

Hydroxychloroquine Uses: 10 Facts

This is my second article addressing the current COVID-19 crisis. You’ll also want to read and share 10 Facts: Coronavirus & Autoimmune Disease. Today we explore the medication crisis being created by the epidemic. I have followed most of these facts as they unfolded in news reports and on Twitter, but I’ve tried to document...Continue reading      4 Comments » Read more

Newly Diagnosed RA and Afraid

Letters from newly diagnosed RA patients As newly diagnosed RA patients find my website and write me letters, two things happen: 1) My heart is heavy for another life affected by this horrible disease. And, 2) I gather more information to add to the tens of thousands of experiences already shared with me. Of course letters from...Continue reading      5 Comments » Read more

RINVOQ Medication for RA / RD

RINVOQ medication (upadacitinib) The latest treatment that I get to try for rheumatoid disease (RD) is the new RINVOQ medication from AbbVie. RINVOQ is the brand name for the tablet upadacitinib, approved by the FDA to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA) last August (2019). During clinical trials it was also called ABT-494, in case you follow new...Continue reading      23 Comments » Read more

A Plateau in RA Treatment Progress?

A patient’s look at RA treatment progress In this provocative guest post, RA Warrior welcomes Dana Symons, who asks whether we’ve reached A Plateau in RA Treatment Progress. If you’re like me, you’ll wonder why other news outlets haven’t asked these questions. But first, Dana is the talent behind many RD awareness graphics provided by the...Continue reading      8 Comments » Read more

Is Prednisone Over-Prescribed?

Reading the headlines you may wonder: is prednisone over-prescribed? Sensational headlines are not new. But I did a double take when I read Steroid Over-Prescribing Persists in RA. My natural reaction is to defend patients: “Steroid overuse? Who would take steroids unnecessarily? This is just another side effect of pharma ads leading the public to believe RA...Continue reading      28 Comments » Read more

Steroid Injections for Rheumatoid Arthritis: 5 Questions

1. Why steroid injections for rheumatoid arthritis / disease? When joints are persistently inflamed, despite whatever therapies or systemic treatments are used, steroid injections for rheumatoid arthritis have been helpful for many people with rheumatoid disease / arthritis (PRD). For example, my wrist and back of hand joints have been swollen since I had to drive several...Continue reading      14 Comments » Read more

Medication Fears and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Fear of medicine Have you ever been afraid of taking medicine? I have. Who knew that there’s actually a name for a fear of medication: pharmacophobia. Appearing irrational to Dr. Laptop As if I were once again the 19 year-old girl who quit taking thyroid medication, the day I learned I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), I...Continue reading      37 Comments » Read more

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