Stress, Roads, And Gladiators

gladiatorSome of you all may have noticed that Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy has not been publishing his posts at his regular time each morning. This just goes to show, even superheroes get beat up every now and then. And like most villains, RA does not always play fair…in fact, it is sometimes downright dirty! It will attack before you have even had a chance to wake up in the morning. What’s up with that?

Just like in the Saturday morning cartoons, this superhero has a computer located in the corner of the room. Mine is small and portable…unlike the huge console sized one with blinking lights and buttons of all types. (Was it Airplane! the movie – or one of it’s sequels – in which someone is shown opening a round panel on one of these huge computers and throwing in a load of dirty laundry to wash?)

This is the first superhero news alerts that my computer delivered to me this morning…

Can Psychosocial Stress At Work Increase Risk Of Developing Rheumatoid Arthritis?

This must be a popular one! I’ve seen it multiple times each day for the past couple of weeks. Do you think all of those people who currently don’t have a job would have ever guessed that being unemployed was good for their health? I’m being sarcastic, of course…let’s see what my next superhero news alert this morning was…

Living Near Major Road May Boost Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk

Even this one came out a few months ago, it’s still making the rounds. “People exposed to high levels of traffic pollution have an increased risk of rheumatoid arthritis, a new study suggests.” If you dig in a little deeper (i.e. first sentence of the second paragraph), you will realize that by “people” they mean “women”. This study is based on the analysis of records of women living with RA. I don’t live by a major road, but if I did I guess I would still be safe…hehe.

My next superhero news alert was an obvious pitch…but is was a good one, so I had to share.

Secret Remedy That Ancient Roman Gladiators Used to Heal Rheumatoid Arthritis

This one is a few years old it seems, but this is the first time that I have come across it! It doesn’t seem like they are actually selling a product per se, but are instead telling you to get more sun. Still, another interesting read to start my day.

(Attention all gladiators!!! Had a bad day at the Coliseum? Are they constructing one of those new Roman Roads next to your villa? Uh-oh. You might be at risk for developing rheumatoid arthritis!)

I threw in the third link for fun…but rarely does a day pass in which I do not receive a superhero news alert similar to the first two above, in which some environmental factor is “related” to the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.

Which leads me to wonder, where are all the studies and news reports that really dive into the issue of environmental factors and RA, or auto-immune diseases in general? Pesticides. Genetically modified food. MSG. Preservatives. Chemicals. They are all out there surrounding us, confusing our immune systems. That these items might be related to autoimmune illnesses should be more a matter of fact and less a conspiracy theory…in my opinion.

I guess, at least for the moment, that I will have to settle for the impact of work stress and major roads. At least I decided to be a superhero, and not a gladiator!

Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!

7 Comments
7 comments
  1. Laurie says:

    Gladiators had it rough, fending off all those bad guys and fighting off lions. Maybe that’s why I have RA..I have 4 cats and am constantly fending them off (except for when they have that uncanny knack of being a heating pad for whatever joint that hurts; they will just lay across my knee, elbow, hand and warm it up. Works fine unless my jaw acts up, then I find myself inhaling hairballs in my sleep)
    I can’t blame a major roadway for my RA, My job did not become stressfull till after I had RA, so I am just going to have to blame my RA on my nasty autoimmune genes. My dad’s brother and father both had RA and ankylosing spondylosis, my mom and her sibling had horrible psoraisis, with my mom and aunt having psoratic arthritis, and 2 of my aunt’s girls have RA (one was JRA)The other thing I know was that in 1998 I had a bad case of mono, and nothing was the same after that.
    ANyway, I am thankfull for you and your blog…and as always, will keep you in my thoughts and prayers!
    Wish there was a live chat feature here where we could all powwow once in a while. Have a great day!

  2. WarmSocks says:

    I had noticed that your posts were later. Sorry it’s the RA instead of fun stuff :-(

    Interesting about more sunshine to fight RA. Since lack of Vitamin D can be a factor in this disease, and our bodies use sunlight to make Vit D…

  3. RA Guy says:

    Dottie, you’re more than welcome.

    Laurie – ha, I love the visuals! I think it’s sort of life nature vs nuture…where it’s a little bit of both. Except in our case, it would be genetic vs environmental…a little bit of both.

    Jules, you’re welcome. The amount of humor in my posts is usually directly proportional to the amount of RA activity I am experiencing. Sometimes, humor is the best medicine. :)

    Julie :)

    WarmSocks, I definitely notice a difference when I go into winter, not just because of the temperature changes but also because of the reduced amount of sunlight during the day. I’ve been looking into one of those sunlight boxes for into the house…I saw some at Costco on my last visit, but they were too large to bring back with me.

  4. Mary-Cat says:

    Thank God for this blog and these posts. I have learned so much from them, and I’ve only just discovered you RA Guy! I thought I was the only one who got the pain and swelling in my jaw! I was so frightened when it first happened to me. My teeth were out of alignment, and it hurt so much just to put my teeth together! I still get it (in fact, it’s dissipating on my left side now), but now I know what to expect, and how long it will last. It still frightens me though. I’m always scared that I’ll dislocate my jaw.
    Thank you again, for sharing. It means so much that I am not alone in this.

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