Latest by Vanessa Collins

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...

"Oh, My Aching Feet!": Rheumatoid Arthritis & Orthotics

My Custom-Made OrthoticsMost of us with RA have pain in our feet and ankles. According to an article I read on Medscape, up to 85 percent of people with RA will experience painful feet or ankles at sometime during their life with this disease. During ...

Rheumatoid Arthritis & Marriage: It's Our RA Now

We all know how difficult it is to get through those days when we are feeling the pain and exhaustion of a flare. The chronic pain and persistent flu-like symptoms do not only affect us. They affect everyone around us, especially those we love, and t...

Rheumatoid Arthritis & HRT: Urinary Tract Infections In Women

I am not a doctor or health care professional, but I want to share my personal experience with UTI’s in hopes of helping others. This is a "for women" post, as it definitely does not apply to the male segment of our population. The year be...

Sero-Negative RA: Early Symptoms, Denial & Diagnosis

** **"You have Sero-negative RA," my new rheumatologist. Dr M said. She was mater-of-fact. No doubt in her voice or her demeanor. My reply was, "I know." I was strangely calm that day, May 10th, 2011. I had known in my heart for ...

It Is Time To Find A New Rheumatologist When...

“Should I Stay, Or Should I Go?” The words to that old song kept running through my head as I sat at my work desk staring at my computer screen, but seeing nothing. I was fighting back tears. Concentrating on my work was next to impossible. I was so ...

Do Not Be Afraid To File For FMLA Protection

The first thing I did was call Human Resources and ask how to go about filling FMLA paperwork.

Prednisone

Hello Everyone I just wanted to say that although prednisone can be a double edged sword, and it can cause big problems if used at high dosages for a long period of time…I AM SO THANKFUL FOR THIS DRUG. It has helped me out of the dark abyss Lene talk...

Chloroquine & Plaquenil are not exactly the same drug

What is Chloroquine / Hydroxychloroquine? Chloroquine (Aralen ®) and Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil ®) are Disease Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs (DMARDs). Chloroquine was initially uses to treat parasitic infections such as malaria. Since the 1950’s ...