Thursday, October 23, 2014

Living With

At a Glance

Living with a chronic illness such as rheumatoid arthritis can impact every aspect of your life. Pain and mobility issues can affect your relationships, work, daily tasks and emotional wellbeing. It's important to manage both your physical symptoms and your emotional health by taking each day at a time and focusing on the positive things in your life.

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Costs and Insurance

With the on-going debate regarding health insurance in the United States, it is important to acknowledge the extreme…

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Diet and Exercise

Is exercising with RA safe?  Will it be painful?  Will it worsen the condition of the joints?  How should stiffness and fatigue be addressed?  An RA…

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Emotional Health

RA patients are known to have a higher rate of depression than the general population.  Concerns with lifestyle, mobility and appearance contribute to poor emotional…

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Helpful Tools and Devices

There are some physical limitations that come with RA, including the potential for decreased mobility or dexterity.  Check out this section for tips on tools and devices…

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How to Advocate for Yourself

In health communities such as RA, you often hear people speaking about advocating for yourself.  Patients may not reduce pain levels through self-advocacy, but it is…

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Parenting

Whether you're a parent living with Rheumatoid Arthritis, or you're parenting a child with Juvenile Arthritis, you may be faced with new challenges. Open and careful…

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Relationships

Regardless of your age, Rheumatoid Arthritis will force you to make adjustments to your life, including with your…

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Traveling

Traveling with rheumatoid arthritis can be challenging, but taking the correct precautions and planning ahead can make it less stressful. Whether by plane, car bus or other…

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Working

Rheumatoid Arthritis affects all aspects of your life, including your job. Deciding whether or not to "come out" about your RA in the workplace is a big challenge, but you…

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Hot Topics

As you have been following my Rituxan story, I have been sharing information about my personal experience in receiving this infusion medication for RA, any reactions I had to the infusion (see part one), and any benefits I’ve seen from the…