Trigger Finger in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Trigger finger in rheumatoid arthritis / rheumatoid disease Trigger finger in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a common visible effect of the disease. Fingers, to varying degrees, become stuck in a bent position, as in pulling a trigger. The joints are not actually fused when this occurs. But the tendons get caught in a tendon sheath (or...Continue reading      21 Comments » Read more

Joint Redness with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Ever notice the way Rheumatoid Arthritis joint redness is depicted? Pictures of joint redness that are supposed to be Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) have made me laugh out loud for years. Joint redness is often shown with a bright red touchup glow. Why do they paint the joints bright red like ketchup? Maybe they can’t find a picture...Continue reading      21 Comments » Read more

Hardest #rheum Question From a Reader: Where Do I Go From Here?

Your comments, I’ve said, are a special blog in themselves, rich with insight and passion. Let’s talk about a recent comment by Paul on What’s Your First Symptom of Rheumatoid Arthritis: Hi All , my nanna was critical with it my Mum has spur’s on her spine her fingers are twisted and knarled and can’t hardly...Continue reading      13 Comments » Read more

Should We Just Call It Pink Puffy Paw?

(Have you discontinued Cimzia? See note below blog.) One of the biggest problems with getting care for rheumatoid disease is that symptoms do not look exactly the same every day. Of course along with that is the fact that many symptoms aren’t clearly visible anyway, hence the term “invisible illness.” Anyway, it seems like it would...Continue reading      27 Comments » Read more

Medscape Symposium Reveals Attitudes #Rheum Patients Encounter

Recently, we looked at a new report showing machines used to perform musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSUS) vary considerably in ability to detect inflammation, and warning about the use of MSUS in treatment decisions when the machines are not yet accuracy rated. We know that Patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) predict prognosis in Rheumatoid Disease (RD), but...Continue reading      20 Comments » Read more

Inside Story of a Young Person Living with Juvenile Rheumatoid

Today’s blog is my response to an email from a reader about an appointment with her daughter’s rheumatologist. This family travels for hours to see an expert pediatric doctor in one of the best hospitals in the country. Hi Kelly! I guess when they say all good things must come to an end, IT'S TRUE :( I can't...Continue reading      52 Comments » Read more

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Treat to Target

The treat to target (T2T) approach involves defining a treatment goal or “target” and modifying the therapy if the target is not reached. Treating to a target of remission or low disease activity Treat to target (T2T) is an approach to treating Rheumatoid Arthritis / Rheumatoid Disease (RD) that combines aggressive or intensive treatment with disease modifying...Continue reading      2 Comments » Read more

Do Patients Know Enough to Talk about Medical Topics?

The e-patient movement The movement for prepared, engaged patients and shared decision-making is international. It is recognized and supported by people in positions of power at many levels. Organizations, think tanks, and government agencies study the movement, often supporting it in an effort to advance care, reduce mortality, and lower costs. It is not patients versus...Continue reading      20 Comments » Read more

Shared Decision Making and Rheumatoid Disease (RD)

<<Back to Toolkit for RD care page Partnering with patients makes sense A good physician helps patients examine options and works alongside them to find that best possible plan of action. Patients are viewed as partners in their health decisions. Both physicians and patients bring expertise to a consultation: Physicians know about medical options, and the risks and...Continue reading      Comments Off on Shared Decision Making and Rheumatoid Disease (RD) Read more

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