RheumaBlog

Same dragon, different day.

This post is especially for people who’ve just been diagnosed with RA: You’ve just discovered you have rheumatoid arthritis. Your doctor talked to you about it, but now you’re at home, and you can’t really remember much of what she said. You were so shocked! “Arthritis!” you mutter to yourself, staring at the sore, swollen …

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I can hardly express how pleased I am that, as of today, fall has officially begun in the Western Hemisphere. With a couple of exceptions (several days here and there of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and in July a full week of them) it’s been a rather mild summer for northern California, so I can’t …

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There are some weapons in the battle against RA that I consider “dragon- slayers.” Unfortunately, I was unable to tolerate the one I’ll be telling you about, but from everything I’ve learned over the years, it’s one of the best. It’s a Disease Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drug (DMARD) that’s considered the “gold standard” in rheumatoid arthritis …

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  RA bloggers often describe their joint pain as “burning,” as if the affected joint is on fire. I’ve had RA for a little over half my lifetime, but my joint pain has never felt that way. Aching, throbbing, and/or stabbing, yes. Burning, no. It has been hard for me to imagine. Just like my …

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