I've written about the correlation between weather and arthritis in a few of my past posts, but felt the need to bring it up again since we've had record breaking weather conditions in Chicago and I'm feeling really crappy today. After two weeks of 70+ degree weather in Chicago this March (and feeling just freaking fantastic), it's barely reaching 50 … Continue reading Weather and Arthritis
This is a great video about Rheumatoid Arthritis and features my own Rheumatologist, Dr. Calvin Brown who's now at Northwestern University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTJNQ4FPF0w
I'm sick and tired. I'm tired of simply "dealing" with the pain caused by my RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis). Since my diagnoses at 23 years old, I've probably tried 30 different combinations of Rx's. Some have made me nauseous while others have made me feel great. It's strange to say that I've taken chemotherapy medication, but … Continue reading Metal Allergies and Rheumatoid Arthritis
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Hey all - The summer always seems to get away from me. I cannot believe it's already August 1st. Where does the time go? It's been a while since I've written, so I wanted to post a quick note to give you some updates on a few things. KStew Vents about RA finally has a home on facebook! … Continue reading Kstew Vents about RA
Although biologic drugs have been the most incredible blessing in my life since I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) because I'm able to move around now so more than ever, I still cringe every other week when it's time to stick a needle in my body. And when I say I still cringe, I … Continue reading My Least Favorite Part of RA.The Needle.
American media is famous for flaunting pictures of skinny, well-groomed models in high heels as something or someone young women should aspire to look like. When you’re a sick girl, it’s tough to feel sexy in those ways. It’s hard enough to make it to the gym sometimes let alone button your blouse, blow dry … Continue reading Romantic Relationships and Rheumatoid Arthritis Can Mix
I don't know about you all, but as hard as I try to stay positive, I have my negative, lonely RA days too. When you wake up in sweltering pain knowing that it's going to be a difficult day before you even get out of bed in the morning, it's easy to feel down. On day's like … Continue reading The Faces of Rheumatoid Arthritis
"We are very excited that Medistem's protocol for isolation of a patient's own fat derived stem cells and T regulatory cells, which produced promising results in multiple sclerosis, appears to be useful in rheumatoid arthritis, another autoimmune disease," said Neil Riordan, Chairman of Medistem.
As most of you Rheumies know, a slight change in weather can lead to some of the nastiest flare ups. While my Rheumatologist swears up and down that there is no tie between RA and rainy or cold weather, I simply beg to differ. My hips can usually predict when storms are a brewing. If you weren’t granted this unwanted weather girl (or boy) gift, check out the Arthritis Weather Index. It is a cool site that can help determine what your joints can expect based on barometric pressure and temperature changes in your local area.