A diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis can be devastating not only for the patient, but for loved ones as well. There is a saying that when one person lives with RA, the family lives with RA. Disease is not a considerate member of the family and will often interfere and seems to do its best to inflict harm on any relationship if given the chance.... Read more
Wow! Over several weeks in June and July, the community sent in some incredible submissions in the HealthCentral anti-stigma photo contest. I’d encourage you to pop over to the contest page to see some truly inspirational stories of persevering with chronic illness. While you’re there, why not vote for your favorite? You can help that... Read more
This is the second of two posts that discuss my experience with serious side effects and complications from RA. Side effects have come under control for me, but complications are another story!
A Complication, is defined as an unfavorable evolution of a disease, a health condition or a therapy. The disease can become... Read more
It is quite some time since I dropped in. I was very busy with my work and home and a couple of reasulting flares. It took Lene's queries to activate me in this forum. Last year I think I wrote to you how RA also affected my thyroid making it hyperactive and making my heart jump and beat in all the wrong ways. The result was hospitalization for a... Read more
It's been 3.5 yrs since I was first diagnosed - and most of that time I have been too angry to be a good functioning person. I had energetic, fanatical, full of life plans for my 20 or 30 yrs of retirement and then RA and a a few other ugly diseases showed up. The meds I was tried on caused heart disease and lung blockage and... Read more