RA Ink

Getting a tattoo is a deeply personal thing. I haven’t ever gotten one myself, but I know lots of people who have, including my daughter. A lot of thought goes into each tattoo that people get. They’re very meaningful.

Last year, Healthline.com set up a slideshow highlighting the rheumatoid arthritis-specific tattoos of several RA patients. Those photos are a powerful reminder that each of


Dorothy Berenger’s RA tattoo.

us is stronger than this disease, and not only that–they’re a great way to raise awareness about it.

Well, Healthline.com is putting together a new RA-tattoo slideshow right now, and they’re looking for photos. If you have an RA-related tat you’d like to show the world that illustrates your ability to rise above this disease and help raise awareness at the same time, please consider submitting a photo of it to Healthline.

It’s easy. Just email  a clear photo (at least 285×285 in .jpg or .png format) of  your tattoo, plus a short description of it, with the subject “My RA tattoo,” to nominations@healthline. That’s all you have to do to have your tat featured on the website.

I’m looking forward to seeing this year’s collection of beautiful RA tattoos!


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The War on Opioids Comes Home

“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.”

— Eckhart Tolle

I ran across this quote recently. And, as quotes about living our lives often do, it struck me where I live.

Here’s why. I’d gone to my doctor (my primary care provider) for an annual checkup the day before I saw the quote. This was an important appointment. My rheumatologist had informed me a few weeks earlier that she would no longer prescribe opioid analgesics (with the exception of Tramadol) for pain caused by myrheumatoid disease.

Read the rest at RheumatoidArthritis.net.

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Mind over Matter: The Placebo/Nocebo Effects

Placebo-NoceboThe first time I heard of the “placebo effect” was way back in the 1970s on M.A.S.H., a TV sitcom about the staff of a field hospital in war-torn Korea. The episode portrayed it perfectly: when the fighting delayed the delivery of morphine to relieve the pain of the wounded soldiers at the hospital, the doctors, desperate to help their patients, reluctantly decided to bet on the power of suggestion: the placebo effect. They gave their patients carefully scheduled doses of sugar pills, telling them that they were receiving strong, opioid analgesics.

In all but a few of the men, it worked—at least until the real analgesics arrived …

Please pop on over to RheumatoidArthritis.net to read the rest.