Elevated Transaminases

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The irony of living with rheumatoid arthritis. For the longest time, each time I went in for my laboratory tests I always expected the worst results. They always came back normal, though, and I continued to move forward with my treatment plan of Arava, Plaquenil, and Prolertus. So when I went in for my laboratory tests last week, I finally …

The Extra Mile Tour

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This summer, Eugene residents Lanier Lobdell and Flaxen will embark upon a cross-country journey to raise awareness about Rheumatoid Arthritis and spread their message of hope and inspiration for people living with this chronic disease. Lanier will be chronicling their trip with video and photo updates on “The Extra Mile Tour” Facebook Fan Page. We invite you to follow them …

Lipstick, Perfume And Too Many Pills

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A sick girl’s quest for normalcy. About Sometimes the blog will be about nothing. Sometimes it will be about heavy stuff. Sometimes it will be a true story I made up. Stick around and find out. The blog’s URL comes from a Ray Bradbury quote: We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip …

Back To The Gym

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About a month ago, I decided to go back to the gym. Over the past few years I’ve had an on again, off again relationship with the gym. If I had it my way, there would have not been any extended breaks during this time. Yoga has done wonders for my flexibility and my mental peace, and incorporating exercise into …

FDA Adds Boxed Warning To Leflunomide For Severe Liver Injury

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July 13, 2010 — The rheumatoid arthritis drug leflunomide (Arava; sanofi-aventis) has received a boxed warning about the risk for severe liver injury, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today. The FDA added a boldface warning about severe liver injury to the drug’s label in 2003 but decided to escalate it in light of an agency review this …