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  • By Atonewithme · New reply 1:08 pm
  • Discussion in Just diagnosed · 1 reply
  • Hi everyone, I am new here. I had ankle surgery to reconstruct a tendon and clean out joints due to impingement. The doctor said it went well but showed me a picture of what my joints looked like. He ...

my fall

  • By ASHIEANN · Posted 12:36 pm
  • Journal · 0 replies
  • On Sunday, I went outside and my shoe slipped in mud and I fell on my knee and ankle. Pain is horrible. Nothings broke ...

Cognitive-behavioral coping skills training has positive effects on RA

  • By nikkilynn50 · New reply 12:33 pm
  • Discussion in Rheumatoid arthritis (RA Connect) · 12 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 ...

how long treatments last you??

  • By ASHIEANN · New reply 12:32 pm
  • Journal · 5 replies
  • Hi I'm on REMICADE and I went July 21 that one lasted 8days pain free. Since then my Dr increased dose and frequency I go every four weeks. I had an infusion on August 18 it's now August 31 it lasted ...

is there an Inspire for Dummies?

  • By melindat · New reply 11:41 am
  • Discussion in Rheumatoid arthritis (RA Connect) · 1 reply
  • Has anyone created a cheat sheet for those among us who aren't intuitive enough to "get " this new version ...

Marijuana, Anyone?

  • By CA-Lynn · New reply 10:56 am
  • Discussion in Rheumatoid arthritis (RA Connect) · 24 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 8:07 am
  • Journal · 40 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 ...

third day... is this true? is this serious? noooo....

  • By Susanamaria · New reply 5:34 am
  • Journal · 1 reply
  • Bussy with regular things and also stomach sick because of something I ate yesturday, I notice today that I am tending to think again like if this does not exist, I am perfectly ok and... I may postpond ...

Door #1 or Door #2

  • By Dragon_fly · New reply 4:43 am
  • Journal · 10 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 ...

15 and dealing with JRA HEDS and POTS... Help?

  • By Nina_Storm · New reply yesterday at 11:18 pm
  • Journal · 6 replies
  • So Last December I was diagnosed with JRA and the swelling in my body got so bad I gained about ten pounds. During Christmas I could barely walk or sit down. I even had to change the way I did things ...


  • By FernM · New reply yesterday at 10:38 pm
  • Journal · 52 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 ...

Any sugesstions for osteoarthritis of the knees?

  • By Kootenaygal · New reply yesterday at 8:53 pm
  • Discussion in Living with arthritis · 6 replies · Photos
  • Hi I'm Doreen. I'm 64 and just started to get osteoarthritis in my knees after I got a retail job and was on my feet all day walking on concrete floors. The right knee is the worst. I could not figure ...

orencia infusion

  • By angelallen · New reply yesterday at 6:51 pm
  • Discussion in Rheumatoid arthritis (RA Connect) · 3 replies
  • This has probably been asked before. But how long did it take for those of you that have taken or are still on for the Orencia infusion to work? One doc told me 6 to 12 months before I feel it! Omg ...

Introducing myself, also seeking advice..

  • By lizzie-lou517 · New reply yesterday at 6:04 pm
  • Discussion in Medications and therapies · 16 replies
  • Hi. I'm Lizzie. I'm 30, and I have always been a bit of a "medical wonder/mystery" as my doctors put it. I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Crohn's, Undifferentiated Spondyloarthrapy, and was just (last ...

Weak hands...dropping things

  • By sumac470 · New reply yesterday at 5:45 pm
  • Discussion in Rheumatoid arthritis (RA Connect) · 11 replies
  • I go through spells of weak hands and dropping things. I know it is not unusual to experience this with RA; however, it's been worse the past week or so and today has been trying. I am having difficulty ...

I need some advice

  • By redeemedlady · New reply yesterday at 2:50 pm
  • Discussion in Just diagnosed · 12 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 ...

48% drop MTX only 25% are helped is this correct ?

  • By Dkwinc41127 · New reply yesterday at 2:00 pm
  • Discussion in Medications and therapies · 3 replies
  • what is your experience with MTX ? Just was speaking to my doctor about the Collegen's 1-5 ,10, and all of them 1-29, he said that 48% of patients on MTX drop off, and only 25% stay on long term, what ...


  • By Ladyluckb · New reply yesterday at 1:40 pm
  • Discussion in Medications and therapies · 8 replies
  • Could some of you please share what medications you have found help with your osteoarthritis pain? I have pain in my neck, sometimes going to my head, as bone is pressing on nerves. Lately I have had ...

Welcome to the new Arthritis Foundation community on Inspire!

  • By TeamInspire · New reply yesterday at 10:58 am
  • Discussion in Living with arthritis · 31 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 ...

This Inspired Me!

  • By chaplainstevens · New reply yesterday at 3:23 am
  • Journal · 9 replies · Photos
  • Tyler Perry was once homeless and NOW he is one the richest men in America! He gives God the credit for all of his success ...

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