Celebrating Relationships That Help Us Cope with Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • American Heart Month. National Wear Red Day (Feb.6). Valentine's Day (Feb.14). February is all about the red and for those of us in the northern part of this continent, a little splash of color in the middle of drab and grey and cold is very welcome.


    HealthCentral's overall goal for 2010 is to give you as much information as possible to help you get your disease under control and every month, we here at MyRACentral will focus on a different aspect of life with rheumatoid arthritis. February is all about pain control.


    The first step in getting good pain control is to get your RA suppressed and later this month, we'll have a doctor answering questions about the new biologic medication Simponi. The DMARDs (disease modifying antirheumatic drugs like methotrexate, Plaquenil and the Biologics) are only one tool to address pain and are often not enough. Towards the end of February, we'll be publishing an article written by a pain specialist about the other tools used in pain management.

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    In order to get the meds you need, you have to pay for them and Lisa Emrich will write about what to do when you don't have insurance and in her second post this month, will share her personal battle with an insurance company to get funding for Rituxan. And since February is American Heart Month, why not check out Lisa's posts on RA and cardiovascular disease and RA and congestive heart failure and find out how you can protect yourself.


    This month is also about celebrating the love that helps us cope with the pain of RA. We will be featuring Holly's tribute to her husband and I'll be musing on the other kinds of love in our lives.


    Next week, Sara Nash will talk about living two lives and the week after that, I'll take a look at the political aspects of living with chronic pain.


    Please join us throughout the month for these and much more!





Published On: February 01, 2010