12 Days Of RA Christmas (Encore)

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On the twelfth day of Christmas arthritis gave to me Twelve days in bed Eleven tubes of joint rub Ten predinsone pounds Nine days off work Eight heat and ice packs Seven methotrexate Six days of nausea FIVE FLAMING JOINTS!!! Four bumpy nodules Three swollen fingers Two wrist guards And a cortisone shot in my knee! Some of you may …

All Smiles

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I’m in the middle of what is probably one of my worst flares of the past year, but I’m all smiles. A few months ago, regular lab tests showed that my liver enzymes were highly elevated…so much so, that they were beyond the “concern” level and nearing the “critical” level. My rheumatologist immediately cut my medicine intake in half, and …

Asking For Help Does Not Mean Giving In

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Late this morning, I had a moment of panic. It had just taken me an hour to get out of bed, take a bath, groom myself, and get dressed, when I thought ahead to the rest of my day: physical therapy followed by hours of teaching . It all seemed too much to deal with. I just felt like giving …

How Do You Do It?

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Earlier today, Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy woke up to a nice email message from a person who has been reading this blog for several months. This reader commented on how, despite the chronic pain and constant challenges that I encounter on a regular basis as a result of living with RA, my blog posts always seems to exhibit a positive outlook …

Solving Puzzles

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Over the past week, I have been dealing with a severe case of lumbalgia, or lower back pain. The muscles are so contracted they they are pressing down on the sciatic nerve, resulting in a sharp, disabling pain along the entire length of my left leg. After daily physical therapy session this past week, though, I am happy to share …