Saturday, April 19, 2014

Lene Andersen's Posts

Spring Allergies and the Pollen Vortex

Stock up on tissues and antihistamines! If you thought the polar vortex was bad, prepare for the pollen vortex. The 50 million Americans who live with seasonal allergies may be in for a very intense spring pollen season.   We are just coming out of a winter that seemed to never end. The mid-Atlantic region of North America was held captive... Read moreChevron

Rheumatoid Arthritis Blood Tests – What Do They Mean?

RF. ESR. Anti-CCP. ANA. CPR. No, these aren’t codes used by secret agents to communicate their missions. They’re names of blood tests used in diagnosing and managing rheumatoid arthritis. When you’re new to this disease, they can seem as mysterious and impenetrable as a secret language. What do they measure? What do the numbers... Read moreChevron

The Month Ahead: Filling the Gaps in Your Knowledge of RA

Do you know the basics of dealing with your RA? Most of us are, by necessity, self-taught when it comes to managing our disease, learning what we need to learn when we need to learn it. The problem with this approach to self-management of RA is that there can be gaps in your knowledge which may mean that the quality of life isn’t as high as... Read moreChevron

Losing Weight with RA and Chronic Pain

How do you lose weight with RA?   That’s a good question — one that I’ve been stuck on for a while. These days, there’s more of me than there used to be and it’s getting harder to ignore. That's especially true at this time of year, when the promise of warmer temperatures has me thinking about spring jackets and... Read moreChevron

PennSaid 2: New Topical Anti-Inflammatory for Osteoarthritis Knee Pain

Do you have osteoarthritis in your knees? Then the new PennSaid 2 may be the answer for you!   Anyone who lives with arthritis has a number of tools up their sleeve to manage pain. One of these may be topical anti-inflammatories; creams, gels or liquids that can be applied directly to the place on your body that hurts. Quite a few are... Read moreChevron