Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Lisa Emrich's Posts

8 Ways to Maintain a Healthy Relationship Despite Chronic Illness

A diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis can be devastating not only for the patient, but for loved ones as well. There is a saying that when one person lives with RA, the family lives with RA. Disease is not a considerate member of the family and will often interfere and seems to do its best to inflict harm on any relationship if given the chance.... Read moreChevron

Vitamin D Deficiency and RA Activity

Nobody would argue that rheumatoid arthritis is associated with pain. In fact, pain, tenderness, and swelling of the joints are some of the primary indications of disease activity. Nobody likes to hurt and reducing pain and associated tissue damage are goals of RA treatment. Pain is often the brain’s way of telling us that something... Read moreChevron

What is Mixed Connective Tissue Disease?

Rheumatology is a complicated field of medicine.  Not only are there more than 100 rheumatic diseases associated with arthritis, there are many conditions which share the same symptoms.  In fact, patients who have features or meet the diagnostic criteria of more than one autoimmune disease may be diagnosed with an overlap syndrome. ... Read moreChevron

Advocacy: The Power of Words to Motivate Action

Becoming an advocate is easier than you might think.  It can be as simple as using your words or actions to demonstrate support for a particular cause, ideology, or group of people.  Advocates often educate and inform, make recommendations, and support, defend, or plead on behalf of others.   At the heart of advocacy is a desire to... Read moreChevron

Childhood Leukemia Mistaken for Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

Musculoskeletal pain and nonspecific symptoms are often the initial signs of cancer in about 20% of children who develop pediatric leukemia.  Because of similar symptoms, childhood leukemia can masquerade as juvenile idiopathic arthritis, osteomyelitis, transient synovitis, or septic arthritis, resulting in delayed treatment. What is... Read moreChevron