Stay positive when your RA tries to drag you down

Smile. Science has shown that the mere act of smiling can lift your mood, lower stress, boost your immune system and possibly even prolong your life. So sit back, find a comedy on netflix, call your best friend who can always make you laugh, google “dad jokes”, or make a game out of smiling at random strangers on the street, just to see if they’ll smile back. It works!

What Arthritis Pain Feels Like

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

Honestly Rheumatoid Arthritis

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

Help, I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and I CAN’T SLEEP!!!

Does anyone else with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) have trouble sleeping? The crazy thing is, it's not the pain that keeps me up at night. At least I don't think it is the pain, or perhaps I'm partially immune to the pain after 12 years of living with RA. Could it be side effects from my … Continue reading Help, I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and I CAN’T SLEEP!!!

Joint Surgery on the Decline for Rheumatoid Arthritis Sufferers

I just came across a really exciting article written by Susan Bernstein, published by Arthrtis Today which claims that joint surgery is on the decline for us Rheumatoid Arthritis sufferers. I've posted an exert from the article below because this news is too great not to share. I'm loving this kind of progress! When rheumatologist … Continue reading Joint Surgery on the Decline for Rheumatoid Arthritis Sufferers

Weather and Arthritis

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