Friday, December 19, 2014

Lisa Emrich's Posts

Surviving the Winter with RA

As temperatures continue to drop and snow begins to turn the ground white, winter brings extra aches and pain to people living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). For many, the long hours of darkness may diminish one’s desire to be active. I know that the cold, dark, gray atmosphere often makes me want to crawl under a thick quilt and not... Read moreChevron

Two Favorite Side Dishes for Holiday Entertaining: Green Bean Casserole and Roasted Butternut Squash

Green Bean Casserole


One of the recipes which our family always enjoyed at the holidays when I was growing up was the traditional mushroom soup/green bean casserole. But one year more recently I wanted to find a healthier, more grownup version of a green bean side dish to serve at Thanksgiving. The... Read moreChevron

Signs You May Need to Change RA Treatments

One of the best ways you can protect yourself against the devastating effects of RA is to aggressively treat the disease with one or more disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs). Damaging inflammation from RA attacks not only joints, but also many internal organs (such as the heart or lungs). So even if your joints feel okay, it is... Read moreChevron

What are Early Signs of Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis is a tricky disease to diagnose in its early stages, as patients can develop any of a wide range of symptoms and there is no single diagnostic measure by which RA can be confirmed or denied. Symptoms may not be constant; they may begin slowly, come and go, or progress over weeks or months. Symptoms may appear in one part of... Read moreChevron

Trigger Finger: A Complication of RA and Diabetes

What is trigger finger?

Trigger finger (also called stenosing tenosynovitis or stenosing tendovaginitis) is a painful condition in which a finger or thumb becomes “locked” in place after it has been flexed. There may be clicking, popping, or a catching sensation in the affected... Read moreChevron