Latest by Leslie Rott

Even RA Starts In The Gut

When I was in college, I developed stomach problems, which were identified as irritable bowel syndrome (also known as spastic colon, but not to be confused with inflammatory bowel disease (Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease). If I ate a lot of ro...

Juice Fasting And Rheumatoid Arthritis

It’s a new year, which means making resolutions for a new and better year. One thing I am contemplating trying this year is a juice fast. The idea of a juice fast is not only to promote weight loss, but also to detoxify the body. Further there are th...

Kicking It: Kickboxing and RA

In a roundabout way, this is sort of a follow-up post to the one I wrote about yoga last month. In that post, I focused on what I don’t do for exercise: yoga. So I thought I would write a piece on what I do, do for exercise. While yoga isn’t my thing...

RA And Suicide: You're Never As Alone As You Feel

It’s weird that I’m writing a post on this subject. Now. I’ve been having a flare for almost a month now. I feel the worst I’ve felt in a long time. And it’s easy to get down about that. Easier to get down than I wish it was. But as your body rebels ...

Humira Pen Versus Humira Syringe in Treatment for RA

For those who have been following my Humira journey, it hasn’t been easy by any means. After totally botching three out of seven injections with the pen, I asked my doctor if it would be possible to switch to the pre-filled syringe. The pen was causi...

Breastfeeding Can Lead to Flare, Relapse in Women with RA

I’m at a phase in my life right now that seems to be all about weddings and babies, if only in my head. For me, as someone with lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, every life event is complicated by my illnesses. Getting pregnant and having a child/child...

Chronic Pain VS. Acute Pain In RA

About two months ago, I injured myself during kickboxing. I think I was doing a squat and turned my knee inward. My knee hurt afterward, but I figured that maybe once I had my next dose of Humira, it would feel better. This was kind of nonsensical be...

Sara Gorman: Living Life With Lupus To The Fullest

Credit: Thinkstock Credit: Thinkstock Even though I have RA, my journey has been complicated by the fact that I have lupus, as well. Being part of the RA community here on HealthCentral, while I have tried to talk a significant amount about RA, I hav...

Does RA Make Your Head Ache?

Right now, my arthritis is being well-controlled with injectable Methotrexate, and lupus with the help of Quinacrine (and a cadre of other, less powerful prescription medications). I also can’t deny that our unseasonably mild winter may also have som...

Methotrexate Self-Injection Update

I talked a few months ago about moving from the oral form of Methotrexate (MTX) to a higher dose of the injectable form. As I reported before, I have a significant needle phobia which was making the situation both physically and emotionally difficult ...