Recent months have been crazy busy! With the wedding (yes, my wedding) in only three weeks, it seems like my to-do list keeps growing at the same time the days are evaporating. Fortunately RA is taking a back seat so my attentions can be placed elsewhere. However, that doesn’t mean that I’m ignoring RA.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease which is hard to ignore. When it is flaring, the pain can be enormous. When your joints are swollen, accomplishing even minor tasks can be difficult. Even when RA seems to be in remission on the surface, it could still be causing internal damage. These are just some reasons why getting on treatment and staying on treatment is so very important.
My own treatment choices have been fairly simple over the years. Just after I was diagnosed in April 2007, my rheumatologist prescribed methotrexate, sulfasalazine, and plaquenil. I stayed in methotrexate and sulfasalazine until October 2009 when ...
What do underarm lymph nodes do? Why do they swell up? And how do you know if the swelling is simply an infection – or might be cancer?
You're taking a shower, soaping up. And suddenly, underneath your arm, your fingers detect a painful, tender lump – one that wasn't there yesterday. Your mind starts to race: "Do I need to worry about this? Could it be an infected lymph node, even though I haven't felt sick? Could it be… cancer?"
What is the lymphatic system?
Your body's lymphatic system, made up of a series of small vessels, carries a clear liquid – lymph – from your body tissues to the heart. In the heart, lymph joins blood and is pumped via arteries back to the tissues. This efficient system helps drain excess liquid from tissues, and transports infection-fighting white blood cells to where they're needed.
What are lymph nodes?
Scattered along these small lymphatic vessels are up to 700 lymph nodes. These small (think...
Treatment - post surgery
How is pain treated after surgery?
There are many types of pain medicines. Depending on the surgery and the patient's health, a single medication or combination of medications may be used.
Studies show that patients who use pain medication (such as narcotics) early and aggressively after surgery have shorter hospital stays and fewer lingering or chronic pain problems later. They actually end up using fewer painkillers overall than those who avoid pain medication.
There is some evidence that extreme suffering from pain can weaken your body's immune system. The risk of addiction to pain medication is extremely low in patients using such medications for post-surgical pain.
For detailed information see: Pain medications
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