RA in the shoulder is painful and incapacitating. The shoulder has two joints. RA in the glenohumeral joint is disabling.
Lupus, psoriatic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis have many similar symptoms. What is a set that says rheumatoid arthritis?
Life can be very hard when you have RA, but it can also be very good.
Living with RA is tough. It is a painful and disabling disease.
It took me three years to understand my cancer experience. I had become numb as the experience was so difficult and too much to bear.
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.
Understanding that rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease is the first step in learning to live with this tough disease.
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 …
Our eyes are affected when we have rheumatoid arthritis.
I have figured out how to reduce the morning stiffness and pain of my RA. I do two things. First, I take pain medication. I wake up in the early morning to use the restroom. At that time, I take a dose of my pain medication. Before I go to bed, I put a dose in a little bowl on my night table. It is easy to access and I will know whether or not I had taken it. Then I go back to sleep for about an hour or so. It relieves me of the pain that saturates my body in the morning. I no longer feel discouraged. I am ready for my day. The second thing I do is read the paper while I have my freshly brewed Starbucks French Roast. I have time to center myself as I work out the nighttime kinks. I read the New York Times on my Kindle. I have a cover for my Kindle that also acts a stand for it (something like a picture frame easel). …