Once you get a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the next thing that happens is usually that the doctor gives you a prescription for one or more medications. This can feel quite intimidating — what do the medications do? What about side effects? And wouldn’t it be better to not take pills? This is the first of a three-part... Read more
People Who Are Living With Rheumatoid Arthritis
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Rheumatoid arthritis is a tricky disease to diagnose in its early stages, as patients can develop any of a wide range of symptoms and there is no single diagnostic measure by which RA can be confirmed or denied. Symptoms may not be constant; they may begin slowly, come and go, or progress over weeks or months. Symptoms may appear in one part of... 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... 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... 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