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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...

2 Answers Submitted By Lavande - October 23, 2017

… difficulty walking for long periods and lifting heavy items among other things. This time-frame they have imposed seems a bit scary to me. My job is physical at times. I worry what if this does not work out. What implications…

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By Kelly Mack - December 3, 2017
...“Courage is being scared to death… and saddling up anyway.” —John Wayne I have been scared so many times during my life with rheumatoid arthritis. As a teenager, I was afraid of my knee and hip replacement surgeries—would I...

By Amrita (RheumatoidArthritis.net Team) - January 22, 2015
..., though. He took real pleasure in educating her about the disease, encouraging her to do her own research and ask him all the questions she wanted. What she learned was often sobering and scary, but tempered with hope, as well...

By Editorial Team - July 3, 2013
.... However, the decision of whether to undergo surgery can be a difficult one. Having surgery can be scary. Even though a surgical procedure may be performed painlessly using some form of anesthesia, there will be some pain...

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By Kelly Mack - November 19, 2017
... and abilities. While it may seem like a scary idea, a PT refresher can be just the boost we need. Don't miss a thing!Sign up for emails from RheumatoidArthritis.net: Thanks! You're all set! Good news - you're already subscribed! Need...

By Editorial Team - June 18, 2013
... tissue inside the lungs that appears on x-ray as scarring. The formation of scar tissue interferes with the ability of the lung to expand normally upon inhalation and can lead to chest discomfort, shortness of breath, fatigue...

By Editorial Team - June 13, 2013
... inside the lungs that appears on x-ray as scarring. The formation of scar tissue interferes with the ability of the lung to expand normally upon inhalation and can lead to chest discomfort, shortness of breath, fatigue, weakness...

By Editorial Team - June 17, 2013
... inhalation, they rub against the inflamed pleura causing sharp pain.2 Pulmonary fibrosis is the formation of fibrous tissue inside the lungs that appears on x-ray as scarring. The formation of scar tissue interferes...

3 Answers Submitted By Prettywoman513 - July 5, 2017

…I have recently been diagnosed with Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis. I am uncomfortable with the Rheumatologist. Can anyone recommend a good rheumatologist in the Longview-Ryler Texas area? I am scared and desperate for answers….

1 Answer Submitted By Crystalg46 - September 7, 2017

… teeth. What’s really got me scared and yes I have told my dr. Over last year I keep getting flares in my neck going into the base of my skull all the way to my shoulder. Prednisone has always helped in emergency flares… and it’s not helping me like it did. I took 70mg this morning as I woke up and the pain in back of my neck was the worst it’s ever been, I couldn’t lift my head from my pillow. I’m scared something major…

3 Answers Submitted By Bobcat2008 - August 31, 2017

…My husband is 39 and was diagnosed with RA about 5 months ago. He was told that he should start methotrexate immediately and get a shot once a week. We decided to wait a little bit before starting it because we are scared

5 Answers Submitted By karmacola - August 31, 2017

…Waiting on referral to Rheumatologist….anxious and scared…. what if it is RA? My PCP did a lot of blood work at the beginning of this month as I had been feeling bad for quite some time and have had redness on my…

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By Willowbell - November 7, 2017
... was the lack of sympathy and support from my mother. She saw me crying and said why was I crying I told her I had bad news and I was scared. Basically I was being dramatic and I needed to “get over it” later when I tried... fearful of. Even now as I write this I’m stuck in bed feeling like an old woman. Scared about my scan as my liver is apparently not good and I don’t know who to turn to what to think what’s going to happen when I see...

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By Wren - November 10, 2017
... radar. It scared me a little; after all, “incurable” is a sobering, ultra-adult word. But then my doc grabbed his mighty prescription pad and scribbled. I’m sure you know what happened next: the NSAID (non-steroidal anti...

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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 Kelly Mack - October 15, 2017
... surgeries. But it’s also extremely helpful to get expert guidance on exercise, adaptations, and one-on-one attention for chronic health issues. Rehab sounds scary and it definitely can be, but it also has been integral to my...

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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…… Don't miss a thing!Sign up for emails from...