There is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, this almost goes without saying. However, there are a variety of medications which not only provide relief from pain and inflammation, but which also have the potential to put the disease into remission. And this should be the goal of every rheumatologist and every patient with rheumatoid... Read more
Turns out that I didn’t get inoculated for a fever that has gripped the world – Olympic Fever! – and it has taken a toll on me. I am not sure what I will do with myself next week, late at night, with no competitive winter sports to watch. I marvel at how these finely tuned machines (athletes is an understatement) pull off their... Read more
Sometimes I get so caught up in my own self-loathing and self-pity. I am too busy dwelling on the things I can no longer do and I am too busy throwing pity parties for myself to notice the truly important things. I forget one of the most important things that has pulled me through the toughest times in my life. And when I sit and... Read more
In my last post, I wrote about the benefits and drawbacks of wearing splints and tried to give some suggestions for complying with a splinting regimen. I also thought that it might be helpful to talk about splinting for kids, and from a kid's perspective.
Splinting is a major treatment modality for kids. While it offers... Read more
Read History of the development of drug treatment in Rheumatoid Arthritis, Part 1
DMARDs, (for Disease Modifying AntiRheumatic Drugs) go beyond just relief of symptoms. To varying degrees, they actually stop and sometimes even reverse the disease process. There are many kinds of DMARDs, most of which are still used. Some are based on... Read more