Sunday, October 26, 2014

People Who Are Living With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Lene  Andersen

Lene Andersen, Health Guide

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Writer, Advocate, Photographer

What You Need to Know about RA and Vaccinations

People who live with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have approximately double the risk of infection compared to the general population. This is partly due to the fact that many of us take immunosuppressant medications, such as methotrexate and the... Read moreChevron

Lisa Emrich

Lisa Emrich, Health Guide

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Musician, Patient Advocate, Author of 'Brass and Ivory' blog, and Founder of the 'Carnival of MS Bloggers'

Trigger Finger: A Complication of RA and Diabetes

What is trigger finger?

Trigger finger (also called stenosing tenosynovitis or stenosing tendovaginitis) is a painful condition in which a finger or thumb becomes “locked” in place after it has been flexed. There may be clicking, popping, or a catching sensation in the affected finger, which becomes difficult... Read moreChevron

Brad

Brad, Health Guide

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Living with Severe / Aggressive RA, Sjogrens and Addisons

The Other Side of RA: Living with Severe Complications

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 moreChevron

Ratnapriya

Ratnapriya, Community Member

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It has been ages since I dropped in.

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 moreChevron

Laurie

Laurie, Community Member

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Challenging myself

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 moreChevron

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