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Happy 4th of July weekend! Here’s a little bit of summertime fun, for all of my fellow RA Superheroes in the northern hemisphere!

Changing The Rules Of The Game
RA Guy on May 22nd, 2009

Twister SpinnerAs Memorial Day weekend approaches, Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy got to thinking about all of the summer games he used to play when he was a little boy. This was always such a wonderful time of the year! School was over, and the day was filled with endless days of playing outside with other kids in the neighborhood. Meals were mere annoyances that required us to run back into the house and take a break from playing. Best of all, we could stay outside until after the street lamps turned on…now that was the big life!

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It’s A “Stay In Bed” Type Of Day…

And no, not because of my rheumatoid arthritis. Today, it’s all about the weather! Most of my readers know that even though I am from the United States, I have been residing in South America for the past few years. I live on top of the Andes Mountains (literally) at 12,ooo feet above sea level, to be exact. (Water takes forever to boil!)

Which mean that we are in the middle of winter right now. Our winters are usually quite cold, but dry. All of that changed yesterday, when snowflakes started to fall from the cloudy skies. It rained most of the night in the “lower” residential areas of the city, which means that this morning we woke up to the sight of snow covering the taller hills that surround the city. (Behind the cloud cover are even taller peaks that would take your breath away!)


A friend took this photo earlier today.

Late last evening my left knee started acting up. (That’s a euphamism for “it stopped working.”) This was more than likely a result of the cold and wet weather. I’ve grown accustomed to the low temperatures, but when you mix in some humidity, well that’s a whole different story. I was scheduled to attend the 4th of July picnic that is being held this afternoon at the ambassador’s residence, but I’ve cancelled all my plans.

I’m going to stay in bed, with my heating pad, all day long…and it’s going to be a wonderful day!

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

Current RA Drug Shortage Bulletins

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and its partners works to keep the public informed of the most current drug shortages. Shortages can adversely affect drug therapy, compromise or delay medical procedures, and result in medication errors.

Leflunomide Tablets – June 24, 2011

Reasons for the Shortage

  • Apotex has an import ban on all of their solid medications. Apotex has discontinued leflunomide.
  • Teva has leflunomide tablets on shortage due to unavailability of raw material.
  • Sandoz has leflunomide tablets on shortage due to increased demand and delay of raw material.

More Info:…Bulletin.aspx?id=711

Methotrexate Injection – June 23, 2011

Reasons for the Shortage

  • Sandoz has recalled their 2 mL and 10 mL methotrexate preservative-free vials.
  • APP has discontinued their methotrexate 25 mg/mL (with preservative) 2 mL vials.
  • Hospira has methotrexate on shortage due to increased demand for the product.

More Info:…Bulletin.aspx?id=26

Have you been affected by either one of these drug shortages?

Carla’s Corner recently wrote about having to switch drugs (generic to branded) because of this shortage.

More Rheumatoid Arthritis Blogs

Perseverance With RA
I’m not even sure how long I have had RA. Officially I have been diagnosed for 18months but I suspect I had symptoms long long before. Even when I was 18 I had pain in my wrists and and my feet would hurt horrible after working but I thought this was all part of the hard restaurant life. Somewhere along the line it would get worse but a bunch of ibuprofen always helped. Eventually one of my fingers swelled up and doc said just take ibuprofen blah blah  the pain was tolerable and controllable.
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Stills Life
My name is Laura and I was diagnosed with Still’s Disease at the age of 19, with previous diagnoses of Dermatomyositis at 14 and Post-Viral Reactive Arthritis at the age of 3. Life is a bit of a rollercoaster to say the least, but I’m happy to say that I have had my fair share of highs with the lows. I am currently off work due to a flareup and getting bored, so I thought that I would try and put my mind to something constructive. Happy reading!
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Thrive With RA
This is my “swan song” – Swan Neck Deformity pun intended – for Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Month; it is my story – my experience with and choice to Thrive With RA.  I share this important message to help spread awareness and perhaps help others recognize some of the physical cues of the many RA onset symptoms, with an ardent prompt to pay attention to the subtleties and address them hopefully sooner than later.  As I have always stated, the only thing consistent about this disease is its inconsistency – in its onset, severity, and response to therapies between patients, so some of my experience may be different than other RA patients’.
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