RheumaBlog

Same dragon, different day.

Sometimes—and I’m not alone in this—the medications we’ve been prescribed for our rheumatoid disease simply don’t do much in the way of pain relief. That is not to say that RA medications don’t work. They do. But while most of them reduce inflammation and even slow the progress of the disease down to a crawl, …

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Rheumatoid arthritis is a serious disease. It’s called an autoimmune disease because its symptoms are brought about by the body’s defensive antibodies attacking its own tissues. In RA, they attack the synovium, a fluid-filled capsule that surrounds the joints, causing inflammation and often, severe pain. As it destroys these tissues, RA may eventually cause joint …

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After being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, one of the first “facts” I ran across was that I should avoid eating foods from the nightshade family. Although nightshade is a deadly poison derived from atrope belladonna, an inedible weed, its distant relatives just happen to be potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant and peppers. In some people, I read, …

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February, 1987: I thought I’d “slept wrong.” I’d wakened that morning with an inexplicably sore right shoulder. I hadn’t injured it—I’d done nothing that could possibly injure a shoulder, and it was fine when I went to bed the night before—so I figured I must have slept on it wrong for hours. Or something. That …

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