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The Perfect Storm

This past week was most definitely not the greatest.  Seven long days of relentless symptoms, brought on by the perfect storm: stress and a medication decrease.  600 more words

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What Does Your Bedside Table Reveal About You?

What do the items on your bedside table reveal about you? Mine clearly says that an arthritic lives here. I’ve learned that preparedness is a must when sick and there isn’t anyone readily available to help. 716 more words

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What is a Flare?

Just what is a “flare”? Medically speaking the term is not recognized as a medical condition because a set of guaranteed symptoms cannot be assigned to the term.  905 more words

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Nightstand Refurbish

I’m sorry that I have been lax on posting lately. Between some busy times at work that had me on the road and a visit from my parents, my schedule has been pretty full. 511 more words

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Rheumatoid factor testing in primary care: help or hindrance?

Rheumatoid factor testing is undertaken in hundreds of thousands of people in primary care each year but is this useful?   We have undertaken a study with the University of Oxford that investigated the accuracy of rheumatoid factor testing in primary care using data from the… 290 more words

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Let It Snow? Impact of Cold Weather on Autoimmune Disease

I live in Southeastern Oklahoma where we traditionally have mild winters; however, February went out with a bang dropping four inches of sleet/snow last week and another inch this week which has tripped off my Autoimmune Disease family: Fibromyalgia, Seronegative Rheumatoid Arthritis, Undifferentiated Lumbar Spondylarthropathy, and Sjogren’s Syndrome. 550 more words

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Lean on Me

Although in my last post, I briefly talked about the importance of having a support network in place (but not making your illness the center of your universe), I think it’s important to further explain that we… 682 more words

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