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New to the Forum

  • By ManofMaine

    Hello Everyone,

    I just registered and wanted to introduce myself. My name is Dan and I’ve been dealing with RA for about the past 11 years. Glad to find a place with support and advice. I look forward to reading through the forum and sharing info!

  • By Kelly Dabel Moderator

    Hi Dan, thank you so much for introducing yourself. So glad that you found our community. We appreciate you being here and please reach out anytime, we’re here to support you. Best, Kelly, Team Member

  • By Erin Rush Moderator

    Hi Dan! I also want to chime in and welcome you to the community! Our members are one of the very best parts of this site and I am glad you are joining in. As Kelly said, if you have any question, don’t hesitate to let us know. Best, Erin, Team Member.

  • By Jackieb410

    just joined today. Not sure how to use the forum but hopefully I’ll get some support dealing with my RA. I think I’m having a flareup since my joints are hurting, my scalp is itching, etc.

  • By Richard Faust Moderator

    Hi Jackieb410 and know that you are absolutely welcome here and hopefully we can provide some useful information and support. You mention thinking you might be having a flare. This article from our editorial team looks at what a flare is: In addition, this article compiles thoughts from the community on how to love yourself during a flare: Please keep us posted on how you are doing and let us know if you have questions. Best, Richard ( Team)

  • By Susan1240

    Hi. I am Susan. I was diagnosed about 5 Years ago. Since Oct 2017
    RA has been kicking my butt and winning. I joined this group hoping I can get information on how to deal with my mood swings. Plus I have RA in my right hand, wrist and fingers among other body locations.
    Every morning I have trouble making a simple pot of coffee. I fumble and drop things. I’m just waiting to have a can of coffee all over the floor. What tools or alternatives are out there to help me make coffee?

  • By Richard Faust Moderator

    Hi Susan1240. Sorry to hear you are having difficulties, but glad you have come to a place you can get information and support. In regards to moods, the emotional aspects of chronic conditions like RA often take a backseat to the physical, but are real and important. In this article from our editorial team these issues are discussed, with some management tips:

    Concerning the hand and gripping issues, I hope some community members will chime in with their particular experiences and tips. These two videos from contributors look at useful gadgets:

    My Favorite Gadgets

    In addition, this article looks at kitchen gadgets:

    Hope this information proves useful. Please know that you are always welcome here. Best, Richard ( Team)