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
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
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A recent article published by NPR titled, "Put Those Shoes on: Running Won't Kill your Knees" suggests that running might not cause the damage to joints that we once thought it did. Seeing as though I was somewhat of a runner prior to my Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) diagnoses, I started researching the topic immediately. What … Continue reading Rheumatoid Arthritis and Running: Does it damage your joints?
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
1.3 Million Americans have been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I'm a firm believer that how you cope with your Arthritis can actually control some of the physical and mental impairments this disease can trigger. CNN.com just posted a test today that you can take to find out how you are fairing with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Take this quick, simple test to: Find … Continue reading Rheumatoid Arthritis Health Test from CNN.com
For the first time in known history, a fellow rheumie - AKA Rheumatoid Arthritis patient named Jeffrey Gottfurcht is going to attempt to climb Mt. Everest starting in late March 2011. This is mind-blowing to me. To think... RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) limits me from tackling certain things everyday like typing, unlocking my apartment door, buttoning my coat, etc. while this man with the same disease is going to climb … Continue reading If Jeffrey Gottfurcht can climb Mt. Everest, I can make it to the gym once in a while
On August 19, 2010 the "Katie Stewart Vents about RA" blog received the 2010 Top 50 Arthritis Blogs award, presented by Medical Assistant Schools. Without my dear readers, this could have never happened so a big, warm thank you to all of you!
This is a rough draft of a video recently filmed at the Chicagoland Arthritis Walk in Lincoln Park on May 22, 2010. The video serves to educate viewers about the Arthritis Foundation and its mission. Yours truly was interviewed for the short film. I'm the one clad in brown!
"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.