Is It Possible To Get Used To Chronic Pain?

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For years, I would have adamantly said ‘no’. Less than 24 hours ago, though, I caught myself saying ‘yes’. Yesterday afternoon, right before my physical therapy session, I went to get a haircut. The lady who cut my hair yesterday was the same lady who’s been cutting my hair since 2003…longer than I’ve (officially) been living with rheumatoid arthritis. (My …

Tracy Pierce

Tracy Pierce

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Real Profiles of Rheumatoid Arthritis Photos © Tracy Pierce Name? Tracy Pierce Age? 33 Location? Elizabethton, Tennessee, United States How long have you lived with RA? 10+ years. What advice would you give to someone who has just been diagnosed with RA? Educate yourself about RA. Work with your doctor to see what is best for you. No one persons …

‘Show Us Your Hands!’ Update

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Wow! I just took this screenshot, and I’m amazed at how much this community collage continues to grow! Thanks to everyone who has submitted a photo for this project. If you haven’t participated yet, what are you waiting for? Please send in your photo still, and let’s see how much we can continue to grow this symbol of the wonderfully supportive …

The Physical Pain Of Rheumatoid Arthritis: Can Dealing With It Actually Be ‘Easy’?

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My answer would be: it depends upon one’s perspective. During my journey through chronic pain and debilitating  inflammation, I’ve gone through so many phases that I can’t even describe them all. Some of them were more difficult than others, some of them lasted longer than others, and some of them even made re-appearances along the way. Looking back, though, I’m really …