I recently started thinking about some of the factors that contribute to my Rheumatoid Arthritis flares so wanted to share a list. What am I missing? What leads to your most intense flares?
In October 2015, I had the opportunity to contribute to an article titled "What Arthritis Pain Feels Like" for EveryDayHEALTH . I just recently looked back at some of the things I shared in that piece and unfortunately, not much has changed. Here's an excerpt. Rheumatoid arthritis can be like the old “box of chocolates” adage … Continue reading What Arthritis Pain Feels Like
In 2016, Sanofi and Regeneron conducted a survey of 1,000 Rheumatoid Arthritis patients in the US, with hopes of getting a better understanding of patient needs. The survey, titled Honestly RA, resulted in data that can help others understand what those of us with RA are feeling. While I'm typically skeptical of pharma backed initiatives like … Continue reading Honestly Rheumatoid Arthritis
A fellow blogger recently wrote about the correlation between chronic pain caused by her Still's Disease and her monthly visitor... and this really got me thinking. What is the correlation between lady hormones and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) pain? Here are a few things we already know. RA affects three times as many women as it does men Many women begin feeling … Continue reading Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lady Hormones
I came across this cartoon on RA Guy's blog this morning and thought it was so right on that I had to share with my readers too. I can't tell you how many times I've felt this way. What's wrong with this picture? "And before anyone gets upset, I am not trying to compare the diseases … Continue reading Rheumatoid Arthritis: What’s Wrong with this Picture?
If I randomly said the word "arthritis" to someone, they would most likely conjure up an image of a grandparent complaining about achy joints. I for one used to always think of grandma Petrillo from the Golden Girls and that awful, menthol, medicinal scent of joint creams like icy hot. Most people don't hear the word "arthritis" and think of a … Continue reading Juvenile Arthritis: Kids get Arthritis too
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I’ve been trying to convince my Rheumatologist to pass me the bottle for years! Can Reuters please call her ASAP?
According to the Mayo clinic definition, Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disorder which “occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your own body’s tissues. In addition to causing joint problems, rheumatoid arthritis can also affect your whole body with fevers and fatigue”.
This blog is the first of a series on what it’s like to be diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Rheumatoid Arthritis is one of those infamous invisible diseases…if you’re lucky. If you’re lucky, the doctors diagnose you in a timely manor so physical aspects of the disease don’t begin to mutilate your body. If you’re not lucky, your fingers and toes begin to curl up and take on a new form which you cannot control. It repulses you to look at your own joints and limbs. You want to crawl into bed and cover your head without ever making a public appearance again. Unfortunately you can’t do this as you’re a single 23 year old girl with bills to pay.