It’s still amazes me how Rheumatoid Arthritis can affect so
many different aspects of my life. Here
I am, many years after my diagnosis, still learning so much about life with
this disease. Here I am, still trying to
live well with RA.
Tornado Alley, Oklahoma
I live in northeastern Oklahoma, right in the middle of Tornado
Alley and have lived here my whole life. In fact, I often joke that you can always tell a true Oklahoman by the
way we stand outside and watch the clouds in the midst of a severe
thunderstorm. I grew up watching tornados
with my grandpa. We would sit out on his
balcony and watch the clouds. I lived
through many tornados and 28 years of tornado seasons. At 2:30 a.m. I find myself sitting on the same
balcony (I bought my grandpa’s house when he passed). I watch the clouds in the moonlight and watch
the stillness of the trees in the midst of all this rain. I wonder what the weather will bring.
A majority of patients have one question on their minds: Where the "heck" is that pain coming from? A red, painful swollen knee may hurt deep, on the side, in the middle, in the back, or just plain everywhere. A shoulder may hurt with the arm up, down or to the side. Although the question of "where" may seem simple enough, sometimes sorting out the exact location of the pain generator is an inexact science. Within the structure of a joint there exist three general areas of interest: the passive structures, the active structures and the nerves. Dissecting out the source of the pain involves the close examination of each of these areas. Once the location of the pain is found, the hope is that treatment can be directed, focused and effective.
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As many as 30 percent of people with psoriasis actually have psoriatic arthritis, a form of inflammatory arthritis. How do you know, though, if the aches and pains you're experiencing are of the normal, everyday variety or are something more serious?
I've wondered this myself, knowing psoriatic arthritis is a possibility for me. One great resource I've found is The Joint Smart Coalition, which launched earlier this year by the Arthritis Foundation and the National Psoriasis Foundation. In collaboration with pharmaceutical companies Amgen and Pfizer, the Coalition aims to provide empowering and educational resources for people with psoriatic arthritis and other related inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and plaque psoriasis.
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