Not long ago those with RA suffered in agony as their bodies became mutilated . We now have a variety of drugs to reduce those symptoms. Let’s take a closer look at what these drugs are doing.
The start of a flare is discouraging especially during the holidays.
I have started working on my book again. It has been slow for many reasons especially since the diagnosis of RA creates complex changes in a person’s life.
Anakinra is a biologic medication developed to treat rheumatoid arthritis. Unlike the other RA biologics , it is injected daily.
I read about the idea of a memory palace in a favorite story. Since I have learned that a memory palace can be very soothing for a person with RA.
RA medication work to depress the immune system in a variety of ways. The risk/reward determination is used with the development of RA drugs.
RA symptoms are lumped with RA complications. Confusing.
Understanding that rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease is the first step in learning to live with this tough disease.
RA biologics affecting your interleukin 6: Actemra and Kevzara.
We all agree that mornings with RA is not easy. Stiffness, pain, and suffering that feels like it lasts forever. I have learned to manage morning pain well. I usually wake up about five or six to use the rest room. At that time, I take pain medication and I go back to sleep. When I wake up around eight, the edge has been taken off my discomfort. I have coffee and read the New York Times for an hour. And then I am good to go. Some of us with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) experience increased pain at night. When I am in a flare, I have a hard time sleeping. My body feels worn and ragged. Knuckles, wrists, shoulders, feet, ankles, pelvic girdle, spine. And even my elbows. Nighttime pain is different. It feels heavy. It feels overbearing. It feels endless. It just seems too much. Research has shown that people who experience nocturnal pain have an increased number of swollen, painful joints. They are sicker. For normal bodies the inflammatory system works to …