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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…

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...

4 Answers Submitted By QTPie - January 8, 2018

…I had a knee replacement 4 months ago and recently had a scar tissue removal and manipulation of same knee! Problem was and is extreme knee stiffness and pain despite therapy and following every instruction given. Doctor…

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….

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By Wren - January 25, 2018
... (and crying) in the world of Fred Gipson’s Old Yeller; and being scared out of my wits with the Torrance family at Stephen King’s ominously ghost-ridden Overlook Hotel. I can still see those topiary animals coming to malicious...

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

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…

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 Kelly Mack - January 18, 2018
... to go out. All the layers While I’m glad for the layers of down coats, scarf, and blanket over sweaters and so forth. I have to admit that it is literally a heavy burden to bear. All these layers that keep me warm also weigh... identify with the younger brother in the film A Christmas Story who can’t talk through the scarf wrapped around his head or put his arms down because of the layers of winter gear he has to wear outside. The poor little guy. I feel...

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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 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…… Sign up for emails from RheumatoidArthritis.net...

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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! Sign up for emails from RheumatoidArthritis.net: Thanks! You're all set! Good news - you're...