Month: December 2014

RA tools-Massage

In the proper spirit of being the manager for my RA, I thought about what tool I could use to help manage my RA. Top on my list was massage:  Helps the pain-tense muscles to relax. Stimulates the lymphatics. And best of all is a thoroughly relaxing experience. Today I had an hour massage at ABQ Medical Massage Therapy. It was an Oncology Massage. I have several cancers as well as RA and they do open a few doors. The massage was given by Sean, a senior student. I was directed to a quiet room. Asked if the room temperature was okay. Offered water. And directed to disrobe to my comfort level. I go to my panties. Lay down on the table which was warm and cozy. Covered up with a sheet and a light blanket. When Sean returned, he adjusted my head pillow and placed a pillow under my knees. Quiet music. Sean worked his magic as he worked my body into relaxation. Peaceful bliss. I felt pampered and happy. When I was diagnosed …

RA: how to cope with more bad news

RA: how to cope with more bad news   For 80%, RA will be a progressive disease. That means for those who are being drug managed, the drugs will eventually not work anymore. That means for those lucky enough to have remissions, their disease will flare and incrementally get worse. That means for those with constantly active inflammation, like myself, the disease will continue to get worse.                     This week my bad news is that my disease is getting worse                                                                           and there are no more magic pills.                                                                                       …