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Once you get a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the next thing that happens is usually that the doctor gives you a prescription for one or more medications. This can feel quite intimidating — what do the medications do? What about side effects? And wouldn’t it be better to not take pills? This is the first of a three-part... Read more
When I was diagnosed with lupus and RA in 2008, at the age of 22, I never imagined that anything worse could happen. I’d hit my rock bottom, and life could only get better from there.
But, unfortunately, life has gotten worse before it has gotten better.
On August 11, 2014, my... Read more
It is Sunday afternoon. Both televisions are tuned to football games. Everyone is asleep in the house, except for me. Even my little Toy Fox Pinscher is sleeping. Sadie must be dreaming of running in a field or some other canine delight. Her little... Read more
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 more