RheumaBlog

Same dragon, different day.

People who have rheumatoid arthritis are just like everyone else. We work for a living, have families and friends, shop and run errands and play. Many of us have hobbies and pursue our passions with dedication and joy. We want to do everything we can–just like anyone. But sometimes, the unpredictable joint stiffness, pain, fatigue, and malaise …

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Rheumatoid disease always gets in my way. I know I’m not alone in this; it’s one of the most frequent comments I run across in blogs and other social media platforms. RD’s activity-dampening effect is, perhaps, one of the most aggravating–and sometimes, heartbreaking–characteristics of the disease. It rudely horns into our lives and changes them, often …

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May is National Arthritis Awareness Month. Led by the Arthritis Foundation, it’s an effort to increase public awareness of all kinds of arthritis and the serious toll they take on American lives personally, socially, and economically. The point is also to raise awareness and funds for research, treatments, and cures. I say “cures,” plural, because …

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I don’t use the common name of the disease I’ve had for almost three decades. Instead, I call it rheumatoid disease, and there’s a reason. As a writer, I love words. They have enormous power. They mold and shape how we think about and perceive the world around us. Call a forest “beautiful” and I’ll …

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I woke up the morning of my latest rheumatology appointment with tender, achy hands and feet. Out of sorts and frustrated, I gimped to the bathroom to take my morning meds, including a Tramadol. As I swallowed it, not expecting much in terms of relief but resigned to trying—I have to do something, I thought—it …

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