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Living with Severe Complications

Sometimes the side effects of rheumatoid arthritis and the complications of the disease can be confused. Here’s how they’re different.
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Living with Severe Side Effects

Taking medications for RA brings necessary relief, but some of them can also cause serious side effects. Here’s what you should know.
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Addison's vs. Adrenal Insufficiency

Along with the various diagnosis’s you may hear at your rheumatologists office, one you may not be familiar with, but should be, is Addison’s Disease or Adrenal Insufficiency. Both are very similar and both can be very dangerous. I have had experienc...
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RA and Lung Disease: What You Should Know

This year has been a rough one for me to say the least. I have been hospitalized four times and placed in a nursing home for recovery once. All of that happened in the first six months of the year Finally my doctors and I saw the correlation between ...
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The Importance of Pneumonia and Influenza Vaccines

There is a lot of buzz every year about “The Flu Shot.” The debate rages every fall, “should I or should I not get the vaccine?” There are more opinions than you could shake a stick at, but I would like to focus on just a couple of the ones I hear al...
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Pneumonia and Autoimmune Issues

With the crazy weather lately, all the news about hospitals being full of flu patients, some actually overflowing out to parking lot tents, major cities declaring public health state of emergencies. I was thinking just after the holidays I would like ...
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RA Lung: What Is It?

If you have had RA for any length of time and did research on it online, you have undoubtedly seen a link for the term RA Lung. I know I have seen it many times, and breezed right past it. I believe I had clicked on it once as I know it refers to RA ...
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Lets Talk About Pain Medications

If you suffer from pretty much any sort of Arthritis, auto immune such as RA, PsA, AS etc, or good old OA, the wear and tear sort of arthritis, you are no stranger to pain. One thing I have noticed over and over in support groups around the internet ...
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Can You Stretch Your Prescription Dollar?

Well, the simple answer is YES With some shopping around and doing some investigating, you can stretch your rx dollars. Several years ago I went on Long Term Disability and SSDI which led me to Medicare. The first thing I found out was that I either ...
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