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Balancing The Benefits and Risks Of Steroid Injections

It may not seem as though winter is over, but Spring is officially here.  It has been a long, cold winter season.  I know we are all ready for some bright sunshine and yellow daffodils blowing in the breeze.   Spring often spurs us to action..  Out with the old, and in with the new.  There is something inside us that... Read moreChevron
Lisa Emrich

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

Can Medical Marijuana Help Reduce RA Pain?

The use of medical marijuana remains a hot topic in the United States.  Although twenty states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws to legalize medical marijuana, in the majority of the country marijuana is still an illicit drug.  Two states, Colorado and Washington, legalized the recreational use of marijuana in 2012. ... Read moreChevron
Marianna Paulson

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Marianna has been living with rheumatoid arthritis for 35 years. RA has taught her to be flexible, even when her joints were not.

A Nap on the Couch: Frivolity or Necessity?

    Last week, I did something I haven't done in a very long time. I purposefully lay down on the couch, pulled my cozy comforter over me, and with Holly curled up on the floor beneath me, I surrendered to a deep, twenty minute nap.   Normally, when I'm tired I go to bed, but this nap on the couch was something entirely different.... Read moreChevron
Lisa Emrich

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

Hot Topics and MS Research News for March 2014

Statin Drugs Reduce Brain Atrophy in Secondary Progressive MS Statins, or cholesterol-lowering, have been studied in multiple sclerosis for years with varying results.  In a recent phase 2 study, researchers noted a 43% reduced annualized rate of brain atrophy (shrinkage) in secondary-progressive MS (SPMS) patients (n=140) taking 80mg... Read moreChevron
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Leslie Rott

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Sociology graduate student living with lupus and rheumatoid arthritis

Pain Management: Something That Is Missing In My Life

I have a considerable amount of pain when it comes to my RA.  I guess if I had to “measure” it, I would call it, on average, moderate.  And in my world, the solution for that has been prednisone.   I have been off prednisone for about two weeks now, and my pain levels have increased considerably.  Lately, my knees... Read moreChevron

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