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Next stop Enbrel

  • By Kiwisarah · Posted 4:27 am
  • Discussion in Medications and therapies · 0 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 ...

Marijuana, Anyone?

  • By CA-Lynn · New reply 12:27 am
  • Discussion in Rheumatoid arthritis (RA Connect) · 2 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 ...

PsA and RA helpful links/websites

  • By Pingpangpong · New reply yesterday at 11:41 pm
  • Discussion in Rheumatoid arthritis (RA Connect) · 4 replies
  • 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 ...

Lost in translation

  • By jessieess · New reply yesterday at 11:34 pm
  • Journal · 1 reply
  • This is my first time ever posting on a blog, forum, etc....so bare with me and excuse my bitching. I am actually posting on behalf of my girlfriend who got diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing ...

Enbrel results

  • By Moegy1 · New reply yesterday at 11:18 pm
  • Discussion in Living with arthritis · 8 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 ...

Drunken Raisins

  • By Rogercpiu · New reply yesterday at 10:25 pm
  • Discussion in Rheumatoid arthritis (RA Connect) · 6 replies
  • Hello everyone. Has anyone heard of drunken raisins, I was trying them along with a girl I work with but found myself more interested in the gin than anything and thought with my past alcohol probems ...

First Entry

  • By Megara8 · New reply yesterday at 9:40 pm
  • Journal · 4 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 ...

optional treatments

  • By Victoria75 · Posted yesterday at 8:24 pm
  • Journal · 0 replies
  • Hello new member. Been checking and haven't heard L.D.N talked about. First I have to say it's not cheap or covered by insurance or approved yet by the EPA for this use. Just do your homework. It was ...

Drugs for RA, PsA, AS....

  • By CA-Lynn · Posted yesterday at 8:09 pm
  • Discussion in Rheumatoid arthritis (RA Connect) · 0 replies
  • I found this article which gives a good overview of the drugs available. http://www.nytimes.com/health/guides/dis ease/rheumatoid-arthritis/medications.ht ml ...

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

  • By BehcetsGirl · New reply yesterday at 8:04 pm
  • Journal · 21 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 ...

Basal Joint Surgery

  • By lunarcrescent · New reply yesterday at 7:46 pm
  • Discussion in Living with arthritis · 21 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 ...

Osteoarthritis really hurts

  • By sgwmsw · New reply yesterday at 7:29 pm
  • Discussion in Living with arthritis · 9 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 ...

Wishing we had an edit button

  • By ItsmeWayne · New reply yesterday at 7:12 pm
  • Discussion in Living with arthritis · 18 replies
  • Hi Gang, I sure wish we had an edit button, to fix the many spelling errors I seem to be posting these days! Getting old ain't for sissies! Itsme Wayne ... from RA connect ...


  • By monalisa2733 · New reply yesterday at 5:41 pm
  • Journal · 10 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 ...

Hello! New to Inspire with RAod

  • By ahartman1987 · New reply yesterday at 5:33 pm
  • Discussion in Rheumatoid arthritis (RA Connect) · 19 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 ...

RA - Seronegative

  • By CA-Lynn · New reply yesterday at 5:09 pm
  • Discussion in Living with arthritis · 7 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 ...

How immune cells are prevented from turning against the body

  • By nikkilynn50 · New reply yesterday at 4:24 pm
  • Discussion in Rheumatoid arthritis (RA Connect) · 5 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 yesterday at 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 yesterday at 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 FernM · New reply yesterday at 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 ...

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