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Chronic Fatigue Survey on RA Patients Reveals Compelling Truths

Chronic Fatigue Survey on RA Patients Reveals Compelling Truths

A new study reports that nearly 90 percent of all people living with rheumatoid arthritis are dealing with the effects of chronic fatigue. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) affects nearly 1.3 million Americans.
Common symptoms associated with this chronic autoimmune disease include:

Inflammation
Chronic pain
Joint stiffness
Reduced mobility and function in…

 

Could Smoking Increase Your Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Could Smoking Increase Your Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Numerous studies have identified smoking as a potential risk factor for diseases and medical conditions like COPD, lung cancer, and even high blood pressure (hypertension). Now, scientists have data which suggests that smoking cigarettes could be more than doubling the risk of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in women. This is the…

 

Hope Courage Faith – Raising Awareness for Arthritis

Hope Courage Faith – Raising Awareness for Arthritis

Did you know that 50 million American adults (that’s one in every five!) have been diagnosed with some form of arthritis? May is designated as National Arthritis Awareness Month! Throughout the month, advocacy organizations like the Arthritis Foundation will be working with local communities all over the country in order…

 

New Study Sheds Light on Rheumatoid Arthritis Related Infections

New Study Sheds Light on Rheumatoid Arthritis Related Infections

If you have read anything on the chronic autoimmune disease known as rheumatoid arthritis, than you know that is can be very painful and debilitating. For those who live with rheumatoid arthritis, life can be a constant struggle against the pain and inflammation occurring in their joints. Unfortunately, this is…

 

5 Methods for Coping with an RA Flare-up

5 Methods for Coping with an RA Flare-up

Those who have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis will constantly experience inflamed joints, stiffness, and extreme fatigue. RA is a chronic autoimmune disease, which on its own can be pretty rough, but sometimes things can take a drastic turn for the worse in the form of an RA flare-up, or…

 

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

So have you ever heard of Rheumatoid Arthritis? If so, how much do you think you really know about this disease? Unless you or someone close to you has been afflicted by this condition, the odds are that you probably don’t know that much about it. Well, this new Infographic…

 

Travel Pains: Living With RA Abroad

Travel Pains: Living With RA Abroad

The last couple of weeks have been interesting ones for me. I’ve been traveling a lot, which is something I think a lot of people with arthritis (or any health condition for that matter) have trouble with. Well, maybe not so much trouble as concerns or struggles. I’ve been flying…

 

New RA Medication Sulfasalazine Progress: The Good & The Bad

New RA Medication Sulfasalazine Progress: The Good & The Bad

In my last blog I mentioned switching over to this new medication because I had stopped MTX (Methotrexate). I wanted to wait until I noticed significant changes before sharing an update post on how it was working out for me. It’s been a month now and I can officially say…

 

Wanting to Conceive & Stopping Methotrexate Medication | Part 2

My previous blog mentioned how I had stopped Methotrexate. I had been waiting for my appointment with my Rheumatologist. Well yesterday I met with him for the first time in a while! Insurance prices are just so expensive; I can’t wait till I finally have better health care. So during…

 

Wanting to Conceive & Stopping Methotrexate Medication | Part 1

I wanted to share my experiences of being off methotrexate for the past couple months. This happened once I stopped Birth Control because the risk of getting pregnant while on methotrexate is a very bad idea. The FDA warning states the following:
“Methotrexate has been reported to cause fetal death…

 

The College Experience | Rheumatoid Arthritis

When I first got diagnosed with my RA I didn’t think about the effect it would take on finishing my schooling. Shortly after as my RA progressed I found it harder and harder to keep up with school I ended up dropping many classes a year ago and I decided…

 

Planning Life’s Milestones with an RA Diagnosis

I never would have thought that two years from now I would have to plan major life choices. Couples now usually have children on accident. I always wanted the perfect scenario; Get married, have a house, maybe a few dogs and then have children! I just never realized I’d actually…

 
 
 

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