RheumaBlog

Same dragon, different day.

“If aches and pains are like a light summer rain, arthritis is like a storm, and rheumatoid arthritis is like a hurricane.” –from “Conquering Rheumatoid Arthritis” by William Bensen, Wynn Bensen, and Martin H. Atkinson What an elegant description! Now, maybe this sentence didn’t stun you like it did me when I read it for …

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What is this nausea in my big toe? On my left foot. Right Now. How dare that toe mimic The sickness of my hands? This toe-nausea burps memories All buried in the far deepest pit of my mind. I’ve dreamt-begged the source To never never return never. But now I have this big toe that …

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So, is everyone warm? Are you sipping hot cocoa laced with whiskey? Are you bundled up to your eyebrows? You did get your best, warmest knit cap—yes, that one, the one that makes you look like a demented elf—back out of the hall closet where you chucked it after the last polar vortex? Believe me, …

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Hi, everyone! I’m going to be *live* on the International Foundation of Autoimmune Arthritis’ (IFAA’s) Facebook page this evening at 5:30 p.m. EST. (Ignore the time in the poster, below–it’s wrong.) That 5:30 EST. I’m really looking forward to chatting with you! 😉

A new, really unique health website launches this morning! HealClick is a warm, social, friendly website. It matches patients who have similar medical conditions up with each other. The idea is to make sharing treatment experiences easier, then to use the resulting online data to fuel new medical research. The founders of HealClick believe their …

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The last time I visited my rheumatologist, I told him about the creeping, growing pain in my hands. I told him I was afraid of it; that this insidious pain reminds me, constantly, of how truly awful the pain was in the bad old days, back when my rheuma-dragon was young and impossibly strong and …

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