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Out of Joint
RA Guy on May 20, 2009

Out of Joint“She begins, in the morning, by casing her joints: Can her ankles take the stairs? Will her fingers open a jar? Peel an orange? But it was not always this way for Mary Felstiner, who went to bed one night an active professional and healthy young mother, and woke the next morning literally out of joint. With wrists and elbows no longer working right, she’d discovered one of the first signs of rheumatoid arthritis, the most virulent form of a common disease. Out of Joint is her account of living through arthritis, a distinction she shares with seventy million Americans. While arthritis pain affects one out of three Americans, this book is the first to tell the personal story of the nation’s most common yet neglected disease. Part memoir, part medical and social history, Out of Joint folds the author’s private experience into far-reaching investigations of a socially hidden ailment and of any chronic condition—how to handle love, work, sexuality, fatigue, betrayal, pain, time, mortality, rights, myths, and memory. Moving from the 1940s to the present, this story of one life with arthritis exposes little-known medical research and provocative social issues: alarming controversies over arthritis miracle drugs, intense demands concerning disability, and the surprising and disproportionate number of women affected by chronic illness. From this prize-winning historian comes a call for healing through history, a moving meditation on the way chronic conditions can be treated by enlisting the past.”

Read More: http://www.rheumatoidarthritisguy.com/2009/05/out-of-joint/

Read the response from Mary Felstiner to Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy: Out Of Joint, Pt. 2

A Figment Of Fitness: Adjusting To Knowing I Have Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Okay… so… yesterday was appointment number 2 with the Rheumatologist.  I like her.  Yesterday she was a bit busier and more harried… but she was running behind and she was very apologetic over it all… first doctor who ever did that, too.

So… blood work and x-rays came back.  I don’t have Lupus.  I have not be exposed to hepatitis.  I have RA.  I thought MAYBE I had it 5 or 6 months.  NOT.  Based on the test results, and the already erosion of bone in my hands and feet, it has been at LEAST a year.

Wow.  At least a year.

Read More: http://figmentoffitness.wordpress.com/2009/12/18/adjusting-to-knowing-i-have-rheumatoid-arthritis/

New Warnings For A Popular Rub-On Pain Reliever

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12/15/09 A federal agency has announced new warnings for all products containing diclofenac sodium, including Voltaren Gel, because the medications have been linked to reports of serious liver damage resulting in transplants and deaths.

Read More: http://www.arthritistoday.org/news/drug-warning-liver-damage025.php

Hat tip to Arthritis_IA for sharing this link. I ‘ve been using Voltaren Gel 2-3 times a week for months during my physical therapy sessions, so this is definitely something that I need to take note of.

BBC News: Cold Weather Misery For Arthritis Patients

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Like many people, Nila Patel is feeling stressed about the prospect of entertaining her extended family during the Christmas holidays – but her concerns are exacerbated by the fact she has rheumatoid arthritis.

The 26-year-old, from London, is hosting a family dinner with her mother, but her fingers are badly deformed and her condition makes domestic duties more of a challenge.

“I will always try to help around the kitchen – but there are certain things I can’t do, such as peeling potatoes,” she said.

“My mobility is quite limited, and my activities. I can’t carry anything too heavy and I can’t grip very hard. I cannot carry a big pot from one hob to the other. I have to use two hands.

Read More: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8418931.stm

12 Days of RA Christmas

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Vicki Corson said:

12days_lgAlright folks, I think its time to start the 12 Arthritic Days of Christmas…add the next line:
On the first day of Christmas Arthritis gave to me a cortisone shot in my knee….