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Basal Joint Surgery

  • By lunarcrescent · New reply 1:15 pm
  • Discussion in Living with arthritis · 20 replies · Photos
  • Hi there! I am new to this group. I want to present my situation in a nutshell, here. I have a scheduled surgery for my left thumb. I have basal joint arthritis in my left thumb. The surgery will involve ...

How immune cells are prevented from turning against the body

  • By nikkilynn50 · New reply 1:08 pm
  • Discussion in Rheumatoid arthritis (RA Connect) · 4 replies
  • When faced with pathogens, the immune system summons a swarm of cells made up of soldiers and peacekeepers. The peacekeeping cells tell the soldier cells to halt fighting when invaders are cleared. Without ...

Simponi IV

  • By Marie1973 · New reply 1:00 pm
  • Discussion in Medications and therapies · 1 reply
  • I am switching from Remicade to Simponi iv if my insurance approves it. Nothing else has worked hopefully this one will. Any one else on the iv version of simponi and is there pre meds ...

New member- feel like a senior to RA

  • By barrymahaffey · New reply 12:58 pm
  • Journal · 15 replies
  • Hi all, I'll be turning 45 next month and I have severe RA. I've been dealing with the swelling in my knees, legs, ankles and more recently my hips for the past eight years. I have had a rough road but ...


  • By monalisa2733 · New reply 12:10 pm
  • Journal · 8 replies
  • Hello all!! Hope this Monday is better than mine...I have a question...does anyone know what is all this fluid build up from my knee down to my foot...the right side only. It is like swollen only on that ...


  • By FernM · New reply 11:39 am
  • Journal · 42 replies
  • Hi; Has anyone figure out which is the best multi vitamins to take for a senior citizen. I was trying to element some of my other vitamins. Thanks ...

leg pain

  • By birchtrees · New reply 10:36 am
  • Discussion in Living with arthritis · 8 replies
  • I have had arthritis in my back for many years. Now it is going down my right leg. I have been going around in circles. The back doctor says he can go nothing and said it was my hip. The hip doctor said ...

First Entry

  • By Megara8 · New reply 8:57 am
  • Journal · 3 replies · Photos
  • So here's a picture of me as a teenager. It was about 2 years after I was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. I was really scared and didn't know if I was going to be able to have children of ...

RA and Sjogrens

  • By GBY · New reply 8:54 am
  • Discussion in Experience with health care professionals · 11 replies
  • Hi, I am a new member of Inspire. I have RA but I also have Sjogren's Syndrome, which is another autoimmune illness that is commonly seen with RA. I was wondering of anyone else is dealing with Sjogren's ...

Should I take a Biologic Drug? Will it give me Cancer?

  • By AnnaPsA · New reply 2:30 am
  • Journal · 45 replies · Photos
  • Nothing is worse than have fear rule your life for the wrong reasons. Having Psoriasis can put you at risk for cancer and other diseases. Isn't that just the opposite of what you have been thinking? You ...

Osteoarthritis really hurts

  • By sgwmsw · New reply yesterday at 11:56 pm
  • Discussion in Living with arthritis · 6 replies
  • I want everyone to know that I have oa in my spine, hands and knees. I am with Kaiser HMO and no one wants to take charge. So I did. I did not want to take 800 mg of motrin several times a day, so I investigated ...

Total knee replacement and work

  • By Diddyell · New reply yesterday at 10:10 pm
  • Discussion in Living with arthritis · 32 replies
  • Hi 1st post I am in a quandary I have a bone on bone in my right knee I have had an arthroscopy but no better and have been advised on tkr however despite my age 64 I have a very active job which involves ...

RA - Seronegative

  • By CA-Lynn · New reply yesterday at 9:14 pm
  • Discussion in Living with arthritis · 6 replies
  • I'm a 20+ year RA veteran who has had multiple Rheumatoid Factor tests over the years, all of which were negative. I've never had an abnormal Sed Rate [ESR] either. I understand that 20% or more of all ...

Enbrel results

  • By Moegy1 · New reply yesterday at 7:27 pm
  • Discussion in Living with arthritis · 6 replies
  • I have both Pustule and plating Psoriatic Arthritis, degenerative disc disease, degenerative arthritis as well as Osteoarthritis. I'm on my 3rd week of 50 mg. Enbrel Injections and feel like some one ...

PsA and RA helpful links/websites

  • By Pingpangpong · New reply yesterday at 4:39 pm
  • Discussion in Rheumatoid arthritis (RA Connect) · 1 reply
  • I was looking for helpful links to add so if someone new to RA or PsA would have links to read up on and have knowledge about the disease that is ailing all of us. Please keep it positive and informative ...

Hello! New to Inspire with RAod

  • By ahartman1987 · New reply yesterday at 2:02 pm
  • Discussion in Rheumatoid arthritis (RA Connect) · 18 replies
  • hello all!! I am a 27 year old female that has was diagnosed a year ago with RA. I wanted to introduce myself to the group and ask for support on any home remedies that some use. I am currently on MTX ...

Dont read this, you might get well

  • By Dkwinc41127 · New reply yesterday at 1:07 pm
  • Discussion in Living with arthritis · 1 reply
  • UC-II is Un-denatured chicken collagen from the breastbone most likely, you must eat this form of UC-II in order for the capillaries in the pryers patch of the intestinal tract to expose your immune system ...



Well that's something new...

  • By sumac470 · New reply yesterday at 11:38 am
  • Discussion in Rheumatoid arthritis (RA Connect) · 13 replies
  • I was excited to get the grandkids before lunch today, ages 2 and 4. I asked them what they wanted for lunch and they both responded hot dogs! I don't keep that kind of food in the house and seldom indulge ...

A Prayer for Today

  • By trickfisherman · New reply yesterday at 11:21 am
  • Discussion in Rheumatoid arthritis (RA Connect) · 5 replies
  • Dear Lord our Father in Heaven. Thank you father for another day of life and hope. I ask you Lord for Strength, Wisdom and patience. Be with us all that have RA. I ask Father god, for Patience, Hope ...

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