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Spread your wings and fly!

  • By munchkin50 · Posted 2:07 pm
  • Journal · 0 replies · Photos
  • Beauty is all around ...

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

  • By nikkilynn50 · New reply 1:53 pm
  • Discussion in Rheumatoid arthritis (RA Connect) · 3 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 ...

Menisectomies for Mild Meniscal Tears in OA Patients

  • By CA-Lynn · New reply 1:38 pm
  • Discussion in Rheumatoid arthritis (RA Connect) · 3 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 ...

Marijuana, Anyone?

  • By CA-Lynn · New reply 1:34 pm
  • Discussion in Rheumatoid arthritis (RA Connect) · 10 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 ...

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

  • By BehcetsGirl · New reply 1:01 pm
  • Journal · 27 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 ...

RA - Seronegative

  • By CA-Lynn · New reply 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 ...

Poly myalgia rheumatic a



  • By FernM · New reply 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!

  • By TeamInspire · New reply yesterday at 10:34 pm
  • 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

  • By nikkilynn50 · New reply yesterday at 8:40 pm
  • 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

  • By nikkilynn50 · New reply yesterday at 8:37 pm
  • 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

  • By pebbles1962 · New reply yesterday at 8:35 pm
  • 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

  • By Kiwisarah · New reply yesterday at 8:18 pm
  • 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 ...


  • By monalisa2733 · New reply yesterday at 3:53 pm
  • 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 ...

leg pain

  • By birchtrees · New reply yesterday at 3:47 pm
  • Discussion in Living with arthritis · 9 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 ...

New member- feel like a senior to RA

  • By barrymahaffey · New reply yesterday at 1:23 pm
  • Journal · 19 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 ...

Jaw pain

  • By mom2blondies · New reply yesterday at 1:12 pm
  • Discussion in Rheumatoid arthritis (RA Connect) · 6 replies
  • Does anyone have severe jaw pain? I was fine then started chewing food and my jaw is extremely painful. I thought it was my ear at first but it's the TMJ are. It also feels hot. Never had this problem ...

Hello! New to Inspire with RAod

  • By ahartman1987 · New reply yesterday at 12:46 pm
  • Discussion in Rheumatoid arthritis (RA Connect) · 21 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 ...

Enbrel results

  • By Moegy1 · New reply yesterday at 11:30 am
  • Discussion in Living with arthritis · 9 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 August 27, 2014
  • 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 ...

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