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By Wren - June 6, 2017
... to the point of disability over time is frightening and sobering. Discovering that this particular type of arthritis may adversely affect other parts of your body—your heart, lungs, or vascular system, for instance, is also scary.... And that there is no cure for RD—yet!—is terrifying. RA treatments can be scary too? All that’s enough fright for anyone, right? But wait, there’s more. Now add to all of the above the fact that the drugs that treat RD...

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By Carla Kienast - October 10, 2016
... that you arrange for coverage because missing these deadlines can make it difficult to obtain coverage once open enrollment ends. The really scary part is that until the new plans are announced, there is no way to know what...

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By Sarah - February 1, 2016
...A week ago today I was lying supine in the middle of my bed, drooling, and unable to move anything but my head. I could hear my children playing in our living room, but despite my brain doing it’s hardest to force me to yell for one of them, the only thing I could do was move my head from side to side. I was a vegetable. However, allow me to fill in my “back story” so this all makes a bit more sense. My family (husband, two...

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By IMatos - May 9, 2017
...Hello my story is pretty much scary. I work in the medical field and suddenly my life went down hill. It started with the FIBROMYALGIA and then with a herniated disc and then the RA. I had surgery in my neck. I have two...

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By 1keylimepie - July 29, 2016
...Hi 🙂 I’ve had RA (sort of) connective tissue disease ever since my daughter was born 11 years ago. Started with one inflamed knee than the other….. pretty scary time in my life. I’m on prednisone..., fast acting for me and did well up until 2 months ago now trying the Cimzia that my Dr. suggested that I try. Pretty scared and patiently waiting to see what happens…… ...

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By Kimmy64 - May 19, 2017
.... These are some very scary waters to navagate and I grieve for the old me. I sometimes feel alone in this journey but I keep pushing on! ...

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By Editorial Team - October 27, 2016
... of you loved the article, and we asked you, “What Halloween costume would your RA be?” We got so many awesome responses, that we wanted to share some of your creative, and often scary, suggestions! Tough Morning Related... Costumes A zombie in the morning after no sleep—grrr!! A very scary creature only tamed by caffeine and analgesics! My hands do look like a witch’s hands. When I get up in the morning, I walk like Frankenstein’s monster. So many...

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By Carla Kienast - August 16, 2017
....) Let’s face it, the better you are at managing your life in general, the better you’ll be at managing a chronic disease. While that can be a scary thing for a lot of people, the fact is the more compliant you can...

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By weezy65 - September 19, 2016
... wondering if these are effective. I have taken MTX just 3 times now and so far I have not experienced any side affects. This drug sounds really scary but I understand that it is for the best? I am wondering how this disease...I have just been dx with RA. Scared of course and wondering about life what will come next? Looking back, I think it has been trying to come out for about a year now but I just didn’t know what was going on. I had...

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By Leslie Rott - April 16, 2015
..., can obviously hurt you. I wonder if I’m harming my feet even more by hiding them away. But it’s also scary because I see so much about RA damage in the hands, and much less about RA in the feet. And I wonder why... that is?  Is it just that our feet are covered most of the time?  Or is this something that people in the RA community really don’t talk about? It’s scary when the few things you do hear are of people getting their toes amputated.  I’ve...

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By Carla Kienast - July 20, 2017
... of this was information on treatment. It was pretty dry reading and very similar to the printed material my doctor had already given me. Some of it was also scary. The medical and pharmaceutical industries have amazing disclosure regulations...

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By Dianne Brooker - November 23, 2014
... shoes at work without crying. Your stories have been a great help as I did not realise that a lot of my symptoms were related but also your stories can be scary as they show what the future may hold. One very confused person here. ...

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By Asha LeRay, MS, OTR/L - November 22, 2013
... was so scary.  When I was trying to hold pain inside, I was also trying to put on a smiley/”everything is fine” face which was taking more of my energy than my actual physical pain was.  Once I realized this had... and it was scary to her.  Once I explained what was happening we had more relaxing times together during my exacerbation.  A few months later I was sick with a bad cold virus.  Low and behold, she related to it similarly.  She noticed I...

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By Tamara Haag - July 27, 2017
... and fatigue of a flare will last. Living with a chronic, degenerative disease can be downright scary. Managing Fear Yet, successfully living with this disease requires managing this fear. On one hand, a small amount of fear can...

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By Mariah Z. Leach - February 28, 2014
... think that having rheumatoid arthritis just isn’t that serious. On the one hand, I have to admit that I wholeheartedly agree. Yes. At least it’s not cancer. Cancer is scary. Cancer is serious. Cancer is known to be life... necessarily dwell on these sad and scary realities about autoimmune diseases. But I do think there is something we can learn from these stories. While better treatments are being researched every day that will improve the future...

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By Wren - April 14, 2016
.... They worked near-miracles for many people. But the Internet told me some scary things, too. Dr. Google said, on good authority, that RD can also affect the linings of the heart and lungs, the vascular system, the eyes... them. Knowing a lot about my RD was great—but scary, too. Ignorance really can be bliss. I had no one I could talk to about it who really understood my concerns and, yes, fears. My family listened, but it wasn’t long before...

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By Mariah Z. Leach - November 5, 2014
... suppose my friends had this reaction because most people are familiar with cancer, how scary it is, and how terrible the drugs used to treat cancer make you feel. Almost everyone knows someone who has dealt with cancer... – or has at least seen it in the movies. And I am certainly not trying to compete with cancer. As I said in a previous article, “At Least It’s Not Cancer”, cancer is scary. Cancer is serious. And I am very glad that I do...

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By PamelaP - November 2, 2015
... to make my joint pain, especially in my hands and left heel, worse instead of better. So I’m thinking he might move on to the more “serious” meds at some point. This is so scary to me. I already have severe nerve pain from...

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By Mallorie - October 31, 2014
... the possibility that my biologic medications could play a part. I’ve been on DMARDS for 10 plus years and it’s scary to think that they could be causing damage or affecting my immune system in this way. I’m...

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