My name is Cathee and I am currently 35 yrs old. I was diagnosed
with Rheumatoid Arthritis when I was 27. My introduction to RA was
rather quick. In fact, I had actually never heard of RA when I went
to see my doctor about a swollen knuckle. My finger had been
swollen for about 2 months and as I was reading through a magazine
I found an article about lyme disease. Since I spent a lot of time
hiking in the woods with my dog, I began to think I might have
contracted lyme disease from a tick. I went to my family physician
and luckily she had an instinct about what was going on with me and
sent me to see a Rheumatologist. The Rheumatologist immediately
ordered blood work and I was officially diagnosed with RA in March
of 1997. I didnt have any other symptoms at the time except
for the one swollen joint until August 1997. Literally overnight, I
became almost bed ridden. It was if I went to sleep as one person
and woke up another.
Since that fateful night, I have battled this crippli...
Recent months have been crazy busy! With the wedding (yes, my wedding) in only three weeks, it seems like my to-do list keeps growing at the same time the days are evaporating. Fortunately RA is taking a back seat so my attentions can be placed elsewhere. However, that doesn’t mean that I’m ignoring RA.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease which is hard to ignore. When it is flaring, the pain can be enormous. When your joints are swollen, accomplishing even minor tasks can be difficult. Even when RA seems to be in remission on the surface, it could still be causing internal damage. These are just some reasons why getting on treatment and staying on treatment is so very important.
My own treatment choices have been fairly simple over the years. Just after I was diagnosed in April 2007, my rheumatologist prescribed methotrexate, sulfasalazine, and plaquenil. I stayed in methotrexate and sulfasalazine until October 2009 when ...
Alternative Names Finger(s) - smashed; Crushed digits First Aid Apply an ice pack to decrease the swelling. Over-the-counter pain medications may help relieve discomfort. If pain becomes excessive, with blood under the fingernail, talk to your health care provider. Your health care provider may assist you in taking the following steps to relieve the pressure and prevent the fingernail from falling off. Heat the end of a bent paper clip (or a similar size metal wire) over an open flame until it is red hot. Use a pair of pliers to hold the paper clip during sterilization. While it is still very hot, touch the tip of it to the injured fingernail. This is not a painful procedure for most people. The heat of the clip will burn a small hole in the fingernail. It is not necessary to press hard on the fingernail to burn a hole. As the paper clip is removed, blood should start releasing through the small hole. If not, retry the procedure until blood comes out and pressure is relieved. The pain will be ...
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