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Embarassing situation

  • By Terrismom · New reply 12:47 am
  • Discussion in Osteoarthritis · 1 reply
  • I've been diagnosed with osteoperosis & degenerative spinal stenosis. Since then I have been unable to control my urine..I sometimes even go in my sleep. Does anyone else have this problem ...

New compound found for treating rheumatoid arthritis

  • By rarust · New reply 12:08 am
  • Discussion in Rheumatoid arthritis (RA Connect) · 1 reply
  • A sodium salt was identified that prevents the inflammation and destruction of cartilage and bone that causes patients to lose joint function. By Stephen Feller | May 21, 2015 at 4:40 PM BOZEMAN, Mont ...


  • By FernM · New reply yesterday at 10:58 pm
  • Journal · 3 replies
  • Hi; I will in time be needing to have cataract surgery but also know I have chemical allergies so am sure I will have a problem with the eye drops I will need to take before and after surgery. I know ...

RA in foot and ankle

  • By elmatos · New reply yesterday at 9:15 pm
  • Journal · 14 replies
  • Hello everybody: I would like to find natural remedies for the pain and inflamation of my foot and ankle. I'm alergy to aspirin and I have my doubts about methotrexate. Next week I have my second appointment ...

Anyone Experiencing Feeding Tube Leakage or Clogs

  • By Duvie · New reply yesterday at 8:56 pm
  • Journal · 59 replies · Photos
  • Hello Everyone, Feeding tube leakage can be a nightmare if, like us, were not informed in how to reduce the risk or what products to use in eliminating the skin irritation caused by stomach acid eating ...


  • By violinlet · New reply yesterday at 8:55 pm
  • Journal · 2 replies
  • Can anybody tell me if my job is save since I have RA I have good days and bad days with my hands I need them I am an Optician ...


  • By FernM · New reply yesterday at 8:30 pm
  • Journal · 104 replies
  • Hi; At times I feel like I have a flare up of inflammation through out the body and my spine and joints feel stiff and make a lot of cracking noises. If I do a lot of stretching exercise it will help ...

losing senses

  • By MicheleDesigns · Posted yesterday at 8:15 pm
  • Discussion in Osteoarthritis · 0 replies
  • Any advice on dealing with losing tactile feelings in the hands? What do you miss and how do you deal ...


  • By Survivor29 · New reply yesterday at 7:37 pm
  • Journal · 101 replies · Photos

Aleve, Tylenol, Naproxen, etc. / Your choice?

  • By dan2700 · New reply yesterday at 5:09 pm
  • Discussion in Medications and therapies · 8 replies
  • Hello, just new to this forum and have been suffering with hip and leg pain for about a year or so. My question is, what over the counter medicine does you the most good in relieving your pain? I sure ...

RA and Interstistisl cystitis

  • By Teddys1 · New reply yesterday at 5:04 pm
  • Discussion in Rheumatoid arthritis (RA Connect) · 13 replies
  • Hi I wondered if anyone struggled with RA as well as IC ? Also has anyone found relief from Drs or stem cells ...

Off NSAIDs for just 5 days and hurt all over!

  • By JPez · New reply yesterday at 4:56 pm
  • Journal · 6 replies
  • Hi, everyone. I am still a relative newcomer to RA, having just been diagnosed in February of this year, so am not really familiar with the patterns of the disease. I was in misery for a couple months ...

pred wean...Ouche!

  • By Debrose5 · New reply yesterday at 4:22 pm
  • Discussion in Rheumatoid arthritis (RA Connect) · 2 replies
  • Hi All ..I`m down to 15mgs every other day ...sigh.. knuckels ..toes and wrists are not liking this I cheated today on my off day ..weather changed from hot and humid to wet and cool..couldn`t take it ...

Swollen legs during long flights

  • By Grammy503 · New reply yesterday at 4:21 pm
  • Discussion in MCTD/UCTD · 6 replies
  • Hi I have a question about swollen legs during a long flight. I recently took a few loong flight to Asia and back. On the way to my vacation I was fine. On the way back, my legs swelled. I admit that ...

Scheduled Maintenance of Inspire 5/30 2-3am Eastern Time

  • By TeamInspire · Posted yesterday at 11:51 am
  • Journal · 0 replies
  • All, We are planning an outage of the Inspire.com website on Saturday, May 30th at 2-3 a.m, Eastern for system maintenance. The site will not be available for some or all of this window. Please let us ...

Good Morning

  • By Debbiekry · New reply yesterday at 11:00 am
  • Discussion in Rheumatoid arthritis (RA Connect) · 4 replies
  • Good morning new dear friends: Feeling tired today. I tried being all "you go girl" last week. I ate properly inventive yoga, PT, therapy, acupuncture and even essential oils. I always take my meds that ...

Here we go again

  • By Debbiekry · New reply yesterday at 6:58 am
  • Discussion in Rheumatoid arthritis (RA Connect) · 9 replies
  • I am sure I am sounding like a whiner here and for that I am sorry. It is so hard to. Understand the ups and downs of RA. I was away at a spa in Vail on vacation visiting my son. The first day are two ...

Am I going crazy? And hi, I'm Sarah

  • By swcameron · New reply yesterday at 6:42 am
  • Discussion in Rheumatoid arthritis (RA Connect) · 7 replies
  • Hi there! I'm new to Inspire, and online support communities in general, so I'll just take a quick second to introduce myself. My name is Sarah, I'm 21 years old, and living with rheumatoid arthritis ...

Fighting For a Diagnosis

  • By ksuzanne_37 · New reply yesterday at 6:31 am
  • Discussion in Rheumatoid arthritis (RA Connect) · 2 replies
  • I'm 32 and have been dealing with severe RA symptoms for a little over a year now. Prior to the onset of the severe symptoms, I had been experiencing milder symptoms since childhood. Once I began having ...

Eye supplements

  • By FernM · New reply yesterday at 5:27 am
  • Journal · 50 replies
  • Hi; Has anyone found a eye supplement they felt was especially beneficial? I do take one but was wonder if there is better ones to take in a price range that is affordable. Thanks ...

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