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Same dragon, different day.

Originally posted on BeingCharis:
Dear debaters, I am a 30 year old who inherited a lifelong inflammatory disease called ankylosing spondylitis (AS). AS can cause the spine to fuse together from bone spurs and can affect organs and other joints. AS causes significant pain, to put it lightly. I am also a former college athlete…

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I’m a winter-person. I’ve always loved chilly weather and wild, rainy storms. Even after my rheumatoid arthritis (RA) diagnosis 30 years ago, when I lived in cold, dark, wet Northern Germany, I loved the winter weather. My joints didn’t care whether it was sunny or sleeting – they flared either way. These days, I live …

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Originally posted on Carla's Corner:
I’ve been seething since I read Prime Therapeutics’ October 17 news release asserting that patients are being prescribed biologics outside of American College of Rheumatology (ACR) guidelines. The referenced Prime Therapeutic reports assert that patients are being switched from conventional DMARDs to more-expensive biologic treatments before the DMARD therapy…

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I believe the two most disheartening words you can hear from a doctor are “chronic pain.” As in “You have chronic pain.” Or worse, “You just have chronic pain.” This was what a rheumatologist, one of the rotating team of doctors I see these days, told me recently. The reason? My hands hurt even though my lab tests looked fabulous and …

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Hi, gang! I hope you don’t mind, but I’ve been creating more artwork over the last several weeks and like all artists, I want to show it off to someone other than my mother and my cats. Thanks for being there, for caring, and for your encouragement. Really.

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[Editor’s Note: This post was first published recently on the excellent RheumatoidArthritis.net website. You can read it, and many other posts by myself and an incredibly informed tribe of RD bloggers/writers by clicking right here. Thanks!] Discovering that you have rheumatoid disease is a life-changer. First, isn’t all this weird joint pain something that only …

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  I’ve wanted to create my own artwork for RheumaBlog’s banner for a long time, now, but I just couldn’t seem to translate the vision in my mind to an image on paper. So I used Wassily Kandinsky’s version of St. George and the Dragon for the banner instead. I adore this painting. I love its rawness, its …

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Originally posted on Carla's Corner:
Late Monday, May 22, the FDA gave approval to Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGN) and Sanofi’s new biologic RA treatment, sarilumab, under the U.S. brand name Kevzara. It is the latest addition to the Interleukin Inhibitor (IL-Inhibitor) class of drugs that also includes Kineret and Actemra. The medication comes in…

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May is National Arthritis Month, raising awareness among Americans of the various diseases and conditions that we know collectively as “arthritis.” They afflict more than 50 million adults in the U.S., and of those, more than half (about 27 million) have osteoarthritis (OA). Rheumatoid arthritis (which I prefer to call rheumatoid disease) affects just one-and-a-half …

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