Latest by Vanessa Collins

RA & Weather: Do Storms Make You Hurt?

It is that time of year again. The jet stream is dipping down into the central U.S., bringing with it front after front of cold weather. It happens every year, and I dread it every year. No offense, Lene Andersen, but Canadian air is sooooo cold Of c...

RA & Flares: Tips for Surviving A Flare & Avoiding Depression

The relationship between RA, inflammation and depression has been the subject of more than a few studies. I have been doing some research. I have read many abstracts of scientific studies and articles written by medical researchers and doctors who tr...

Shaping a Good Medical Team

People with RA need a robust medical team to tackle all the aspects of the condition. That includes a good primary care physician. Here are some signs it may be time for a change.

RA & Prednisone: What is Right For You?

The use of prednisone is a topic that is highly charged in some circles. My point of view is that we all need to weigh the pros and cons of using steroids in light of our own individual circumstances. Prednisone was the first medication that gave me ...

RA & Heart Health: Systemic Inflammation Linked To Cardiovascular Disease

If you have RA, you need to take steps to protect your heart. The traditional risk factors involved in heart disease include high blood pressure, diabetes, elevated cholesterol, a high BMI and smoking. In addition to these risk factors, RA patients a...

RA & Relationships: Avoiding The Isolation Of Chronic Illness

It is so easy to get in the habit of being alone. Sometimes being alone is fine. There is a difference in being alone, and being lonely. Isolation is a big issue for those who suffer from a chronic, painful illness. We have a difficult time making pl...

Living & Loving With RA

We are exploring RA’s effect on our friends and family this month. We all know how RA has changed our lives, but how has it affected the ones we love? I asked my husband if he would be willing to honestly answer some questions about how RA has affect...

RA & Life Decisions: Is It Time To Quit Working?

I resigned my position at work a few weeks ago. Friday, the 21st of September, was my last day. It was a good decision for me. It was the right thing to do. Last Day At Work I think most of us with RA are faced with this life-changing decision at som...

My RA Life: When Brain Fog Descends

RA Daily Forecast: Mostly cloudy today with periods of intermittent dense brain fog leading to "word stumbling", disjointed thoughts, and slow body movements. These unnerving conditions will last all day, and most likely draw stares from n...

When Meds Make A Meal: RA & GERD

When Meds Make A Meal There are so many bottles of medication sitting on my kitchen side counter that I have no doubt my poor stomach feels as if it is under assault. Many people taking NSAIDs and medications like Methotrexate end up with GERD, Gastr...