Latest by Leslie Rott

A Shot In The Dark: A Cautionary Tale About Vaccines And Chronic Illness

Vaccinations are, at least in the opinion of most doctors, an important part of life and incredibly important in the maintenance of health. In recent years, vaccines have come under fire from parents and activists, suggesting that vaccines given duri...

Quinacrine (Atabrine): A New Med for Me

When I saw my rheumatologist in early May, I expressed some concern that my lupus was in “active disease mode”. I wasn’t feeling up to snuff, and I noticed the change immediately when it started getting warmer outside. I’ve been on Methotrexate for a...

Living Life With Lupus: One Day At a Time

Have you ever woken up feeling hung over, but you didn’t have a single drink? Woken up feeling nauseas, but you aren’t pregnant? Ever been so fatigued that no matter how much sleep or coffee you get/have, you can barely lift your head off the pillow? ...

Safety Issues with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Is rheumatoid arthritis dangerous? Maybe this is a silly question. Because it is clear that rheumatoid arthritis causes a myriad of effects on the body. So how do your protect yourself from harm if you already have rheumatoid arthritis? The very best ...

BRR-ing The Lines: Does Rheumatoid Arthritis Make You Cold?

Despite living in Michigan my whole life, I have always been sensitive to the cold. But now, the winter is especially hard on me. My joints really take a beating during the winter. The mobility of my joints decreases significantly, and my pain level ...

The Double Whammy: Living With Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis

For those who think that having Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis are mutually exclusive (can’t occur together, in this case, in the same body/person), they’re wrong. It is possible to have both of these illnesses. I should know, because I do. It’s one ...