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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 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 Kelly Mack - October 12, 2017
... about extreme bundling! Who cares if others think you look like a snowman! At least you will be warm! You can laugh at them beneath your layers of coats and scarves as they shiver in their fashionable outerwear. OK, I may... exaggerate, but the point is not to be concerned what others think as long as you are plenty warm. In the depths of winter, I wear a hat, scarf (or several), down jacket, and also a down lap blanket that I wrap like a burrito...

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By Amanda65 - October 13, 2017
... are so bad I don’t want to get out of bed. I make myself get out of bed daily cause I’m scared if I stop I will end up worse and won’t be able to get up anymore !...

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By ccrowder123 - October 3, 2017
.... The medication all scares me with the side affects. When I go back and recall my symptoms, I believe I have had this for about 4-5 years before ever diagnosed. I think I was living on Motrin and alleve like daily viatamins. I am...

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By Kelly Mack - October 8, 2017
..., unexpected benefits to a locked joint. Knee Replacement The story begins with my knee replacements at age 15. While the surgeries greatly reduced my pain from RA, I struggled against scar tissue that limited the range of motion I... was able to achieve in recovery. I even had a scar tissue removal surgery, but it just grew back. My right knee had some motion, but my left knee only had a few degrees—it was virtually locked. While I couldn’t climb...

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By kat-elton - October 13, 2017
... it was to not talk about it for so long. Even extreme pain can often be invisible to those around you. Consider this quote from Elaine Scarry, The Body in Pain: For the person whose pain it is, it is “effortlessly” grasped...

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...

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…

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...

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By Angela Lundberg - September 24, 2017
... surgeries over the years have left my body scarred and ugly. RA even attacked my eyes in my early ’20s, forcing me to throw away my contact lenses forever. I remember being so upset when this happened. Maybe it sounds a bit...

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….

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By Kelly Mack - September 21, 2017
... replacement scars and asks: “were you in a car accident?” My spidey senses started tingling with the feeling that I wasn’t comfortable where this conversation was heading. But, I explained that I’d had joint replacement surgeries...