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I need some advice

redeemedlady
  • By redeemedlady · New reply 6:24 pm
  • Discussion in Just diagnosed · 6 replies
  • Hi all! I'm new here. I'm a 44 year old living in Newark, DE. I was just diagnosed with arthritis in my left thumb and have been waiting for a referral from my doctor to see an orthopedic doctor/surgeon ...

Door #1 or Door #2

Dragon_fly
  • By Dragon_fly · New reply 6:17 pm
  • Journal · 2 replies
  • Hope you can help me. I have Osteoarthritis. In an earlier post I told you I was in pain in my left knee. I am seeing a Rheumatologist. And yes, I am still trying to decide if I should go for the shots ...

GrandpaVan

Txnana2

Severe pain, but don't know what's causing it..?

BehcetsGirl
  • By BehcetsGirl · New reply 5:01 pm
  • Journal · 36 replies
  • For the past few days I've had severe pain in my hips/thighs. It's so bad that I can't walk without wanting to cry. I've put ice on it, tried a heating pad, taken pain medicine, etc. Nothing is working ...

Marijuana, Anyone?

CA-Lynn
  • By CA-Lynn · New reply 4:59 pm
  • Discussion in Rheumatoid arthritis (RA Connect) · 21 replies
  • They've used marijuana legally for pain control in the UK quite successfully. And now, in the US, it appears that where it is legal, it's reducing the number of deaths due to pain-killers. http://www.newsweek.com/states-medical-m ...

Coming to terms with RA

GrammaEllie
  • By GrammaEllie · New reply 4:17 pm
  • Discussion in Just diagnosed · 2 replies
  • This is a wonderful column posted by Susan-on-Whidbey back in 2006. She eloquently describes the fear and uncertainty that new patients learn to deal with when they think it might be RA ...

Cognitive-behavioral coping skills training has positive effects on RA

nikkilynn50
  • By nikkilynn50 · New reply 3:50 pm
  • Discussion in Rheumatoid arthritis (RA Connect) · 2 replies
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a complex autoimmune disease that affects 1 to 2 percent of adults, requires patients to not only cope with pain, disability and joint disfigurements, but also other stressors ...

In pain and waiting

redeemedlady
  • By redeemedlady · Posted 1:58 pm
  • Journal · 0 replies
  • I have been dealing with this pain in my thumb for more than a year. I've tried cortisone shots and they don't help. I've tried wrist braces with the thumb attachment and they don't help. I've tried heat ...

Poly myalgia rheumatic a

CJR123
  • By CJR123 · New reply yesterday at 10:12 pm
  • Discussion in Just diagnosed · 3 replies
  • Any body have this ...

Menisectomies for Mild Meniscal Tears in OA Patients

CA-Lynn
  • By CA-Lynn · New reply yesterday at 6:52 pm
  • Discussion in Rheumatoid arthritis (RA Connect) · 4 replies
  • It appears that OA patients [and many RA patients have OA as well] with mild, degenerative knee OA do not necessarily benefit from arthroscopic knee surgery for meniscal tears [menisectomy]. http://www.medpagetoday.com/Rheumatology ...

More dose escalation and cost with infliximab, compared with other TNF inhi

nikkilynn50
  • By nikkilynn50 · New reply yesterday at 5:51 pm
  • Discussion in Rheumatoid arthritis (RA Connect) · 5 replies
  • Infliximab (Remicade) is associated with high rates of dose escalation and a larger overall cost, compared with adalimumab (Humira) and etanercept (Enbrel) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, without ...

Spread your wings and fly!

munchkin50
  • By munchkin50 · New reply yesterday at 2:46 pm
  • Journal · 1 reply · Photos
  • Beauty is all around ...

RA - Seronegative

CA-Lynn
  • By CA-Lynn · New reply yesterday at 8:48 am
  • Discussion in Living with arthritis · 8 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 ...

MULTI VITAMINS

FernM
  • By FernM · New reply yesterday at 6:32 am
  • Journal · 44 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 ...

Welcome to the new Arthritis Foundation community on Inspire!

TeamInspire
  • By TeamInspire · New reply August 28, 2014
  • Discussion in Living with arthritis · 23 replies
  • We would like to welcome our new members and check-in with those who are already active members. Please take a moment to introduce yourself and share how arthritis has affected your life. Tell the group ...

Food Allergies Could Be Caused By Antibiotics Or Sterile Environments

nikkilynn50
  • By nikkilynn50 · New reply August 28, 2014
  • Discussion in Rheumatoid arthritis (RA Connect) · 1 reply
  • http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/08/27/ food-allergies-cause_n_5722694.html?utm_ hp_ref=health-news&ir=Health+News ...

Combo Therapy Boosts Patient Outcomes in RA

nikkilynn50
  • By nikkilynn50 · New reply August 28, 2014
  • Discussion in Rheumatoid arthritis (RA Connect) · 2 replies
  • PARIS -- Patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who had not previously received methotrexate fared significantly better on patient-reported outcomes if given a combination of tocilizumab (Actemra ...

Knee pain

pebbles1962
  • By pebbles1962 · New reply August 28, 2014
  • Discussion in Living with arthritis · 2 replies
  • I have just been told I need a op to tidy up my right knee. I gave arthritis all over and have also bee no,d to start thinking about a hip replacement, I'm 52 don't react well when put under general ...

Next stop Enbrel

Kiwisarah
  • By Kiwisarah · New reply August 28, 2014
  • Discussion in Medications and therapies · 3 replies
  • I've been lurking on the new site a little while. It's looking good. I have been on Humira for my RA since last November but over the past couple of months I have been in a non stop flare. I saw my Rheumy ...

swelling??

monalisa2733
  • By monalisa2733 · New reply August 28, 2014
  • Journal · 11 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 ...

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