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?
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
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
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
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?
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
Rebecca provides some insight on her experiences traveling about the country and how she handles her Rheumatoid Arthritis abroad.
New RA Medication Sulfasalazine Progress: The Good & The Bad
Rebecca gives us an update on the good and bad effects that her switch from Methotrexate to Sulfasalazine has had on her body.
Wanting to Conceive & Stopping Methotrexate Medication | Part 2
Our guest blogger, Rebecca lets us know how the withdrawal from Methotrexate is going. Her recent visit with her Rheumatologist led her to switch to Sulfasalazine, a medication that you can take while trying to conceive. There’s just one downside…
Wanting to Conceive & Stopping Methotrexate Medication | Part 1
Rebecca prepares her body for pregnancy by removing Mirena and Methotrexate from her daily routine. Though she knows she’s removing the risk for some not so pretty pregnancy complications there’s still the realization that Methotrexate was working. At least as far as her Rheumatoid Arthritis is concerned.
The College Experience | Rheumatoid Arthritis
As the Fall semester approaches one of our guest bloggers takes the plunge by diving back into her course work. How do you balance your school work with all the other demands in your life? Tasks that require regular dedication (like studying and class attendance) can seem especially taxing.
Planning Life’s Milestones with an RA Diagnosis
Rebecca reflects on losing the spontaneity that comes with the decisions that most adults (sometimes recklessly) make in their early twenties and the positives of being forced to grow up faster than planned.