It’s Simple: Who Gets Dactylitis or “Sausage finger”?

Dactylitis and diagnosis A woman I know is an educated patient who has worked hard to make certain she is diagnosed and treated appropriately. Recently, she showed pictures of swollen fingers to her rheumatologist and had her diagnosis changed again. Her doctor explained that the swelling in her photo looked like dactylitis or “sausage finger.” Her new...Continue reading      32 Comments » Read more

How Can Autoimmune Arthritis Diagnosis Be Improved?

Why Rheumatoid Arthritis diagnosis must be improved We have over 60 Rheumatoid Arthritis diagnosis stories here on Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior. In some ways they’re all unique, but there are common threads. One familiar theme is that Rheumatoid Arthritis diagnosis is often difficult or protracted or confusing. This is not only true for Rheumatoid Arthritis, but for...Continue reading      20 Comments » Read more

Phil Mickelson’s Psoriatic Arthritis

“Mickelson arthritis” brings shrugs “Phil Mickelson arthritis” was such a common search already that it was suggested to me by Google’s search tool as I typed his name yesterday. That was only two days after Mickelson announced his diagnosis of Psoriatic Arthritis to the press. I have to admit that I shrugged the first time I...Continue reading      30 Comments » Read more

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA) and Rheumatoid Arthritis

What is Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis? According the Mayo Clinic, chronic arthritis is classified as Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA) when the rheumatoid patient is under the age of 16. JRA is actually a group of autoimmune diseases grouped under one umbrella. The pattern in which symptoms appear during the first six months following onset is used to...Continue reading      15 Comments » Read more

Christopher Columbus, Part 3: How Does Reactive Arthritis Compare to Rheumatoid Arthritis?

What is Reactive Arthritis? Reactive Arthritis is the modern name given to Reiter’s Syndrome.  Apparently, the first name lost favor because Reiter was a Nazi.  The name “reactive” refers to the fact that Reactive Arthritis occurs in reaction to an infection. It is also referred to as “post infectious” arthritis. Usually Reactive Arthritis occurs as a triad...Continue reading      9 Comments » Read more

What kind of Arthritis Did Christopher Columbus Have?

Historians find food poisoning causes Columbus' arthritis, not gout For years, history books reported that Christopher Columbus suffered from gout. That diagnosis was assigned to various types of arthritis during the Middle Ages, including Rheumatoid Arthritis. It was a catch-all term for recurring joint pain or any inflammatory arthritis. However, in recent years, evidence has revealed better...Continue reading      1 Comment » Read more

Columbus Day and World Arthritis Day: Is There a Connection?

Happy World Arthritis Day, Columbus Five hundred seventeen years ago today, a dream came true. Christopher Columbus successfully crossed the Atlantic Ocean, proving that it was possible to sail west from Europe and reach the strange continents of the Western Hemisphere.   The discovery of the New World was the fulfillment of his life-long dream. Although it took...Continue reading      1 Comment » Read more

Psoriatic Arthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

  What is Psoriatic Arthritis? Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease which causes a red, itchy, scaly rash. Most frequently, the rash, called plaque, appears on elbows and knees. Some people with psoriasis also develop symptoms which are similar to Rheumatoid Arthritis. This is classified as a separate disease called Psoriatic Arthritis (PA). According to the National Psoriasis Foundation,...Continue reading      33 Comments » Read more

Ankylosing Spondylitis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

The Family Tree of Rheumatic Diseases Rheumatoid Arthritis is a strange disease which is difficult for science to explain. It is not surprising that there are several other rheumatic diseases which are akin to Rheumatoid Arthritis. Today, I am introducing you to one of the cousin’s of Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis. What is Ankylosing spondylitis? Ankylosing spondylitis is...Continue reading      65 Comments » Read more

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