Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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Coping with the Stigma of RA

We have all worked with people who have required surgery to replace a knee or remove a body part that was no longer working as it should.  We have worked with people who have been hospitalized with pneumonia.  We have worked with people who have battled cancer.   What do all of these situations have in common?  People are... Read moreChevron
posted 07/22/2014, comments (0)|
Lene  Andersen

Lene Andersen, Health Guide

Writer, Advocate, Photographer

Medication Side Effect or Heart Attack? I Go to the ER to Find Out

Pressure in the middle of my chest. Lightheaded. I feel like I can’t breathe in all the way. My left arm feels funny. My back hurts. My heart is beating really fast.     This was me last Sunday. I spent some time lost in feeling crappy, but then my brain finally kicked in. In February, I wrote a post about women and heart... Read moreChevron
Lisa Emrich

Lisa Emrich, Health Guide

Musician, Patient Advocate, Author of 'Brass and Ivory' blog, and Founder of the 'Carnival of MS Bloggers'

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
posted 07/21/2014, comments (0)|
Lene  Andersen

Lene Andersen, Health Guide

Writer, Advocate, Photographer

Cast Your Vote in the #LiveBold Anti-Stigma Photo Contest

For the last four weeks, people with chronic or serious health conditions have been sharing their stories of accomplishments in the HealthCentral #LiveBold anti-stigma photo contest. Together, we are fighting misperceptions about life with a medical condition and doing so in a positive way.     And now is the time to vote for your... Read moreChevron
posted 07/17/2014, comments (0)|

carifaves, Community Member


OCD and RA : The Invisible Connection Between Mental and Physical Health

I have a widely misunderstood mental illness called OCD.   Few people really know what that means, because the word is so overused and even sometimes bragged about . OCD does NOT mean you like to have a clean house or you organize your desk really well.  In fact, it’s often quite the opposite. OCD is obsessive compulsive... Read moreChevron
posted 07/16/2014, comments (0)|

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