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Just how big of a deal is this disease? I suppose the fact that I’ve written several hundred pages about it is a clue to my opinion. Yet, most of those articles were written with intentional restraint, avoiding hyperbole, at times even understating my own symptoms in an attempt to be more judicious.

Many view Rheumatoid disease as something less than what it is and that leads to outrageous minimizing of facts related to it. Unfortunately, that is even done by many who have been charged with researching or reporting concerning the disease.

Over the last three years, I’ve communicated with those who do not have RA using as little emotion as possible because as an RA patient,…

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 What’s the Big Deal about Rheumatoid Disease?

Just how big of a deal is this disease? I suppose the fact that I’ve written several hundred pages about it is a clue to my opinion.

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The RA Guy Foundation surrounds the person affected by rheumatoid arthritis with vibrant, life-changing connection. It shares powerful, much-needed programs and resources across the rheumatoid arthritis community so the person affected learns to truly LIVE with the illness. This includes the family, the friends, the treatment team intimately connected to the person at the heart of this new path to wellness.


RA Warrior is an independent website and community dedicated to bringing the best information & support to fight RA. RA Warrior was created in 2009 by Kelly O’Neill Young. Kelly believes that you are the superhero and celebrity needed to fight your own disease.

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Same dragon, different day. I’m a writer and editor, a journalist, a mom and a wife, a cat-friend and a dog-friend. I’ve had rheumatoid arthritis for almost 28 years, but until I started this blog in 2009, I’d never written about it. I figured it was about time.


People have long feared rheumatoid arthritis (commonly called RA) as one of the most disabling types of arthritis. The good news is that the outlook has greatly improved for many people with newly diagnosed (detected) RA. Of course, RA remains a serious disease, and one that can vary widely in symptoms (what you feel) and outcomes.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation

Our mission is guided by a relentless focus to help fight RA. We will strive to bring inspiration and motivation to everyone who suffers with this disease. We promote a healthy lifestyle to patients with RA through education, information, coaching and support working within our local communities. We are committed to maintaining respect and integrity in all aspects of our mission.

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The Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network (RASN) is dedicated to providing up-to-date information and resources for rheumatoid arthritis patients. Our goal is simple. We want RA patients to know their options and fully understand their diagnosis. You can take steps, right now, to improve symptoms and your quality of life.


At RheumatoidArthritis.net we empower patients and caregivers to take control of RA by providing a platform to learn, educate, and connect with peers and healthcare professionals.


Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis. It is caused by the breakdown of cartilage in the joints. When the cartilage in a joint begins to break down, it results in swelling and pain in the joint. As cartilage continues to wear away, bones begin to rub against each other. This bone-on-bone contact causes stiffness, swelling, and pain in the joint.

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I have reached a certain peace with my life as it is. I have accepted that I will probably always have pain somewhere in my body. At the same time I realise there are many who are FAR worse off than me, and there are worse things than Rheumatoid Arthritis...So this is my blog. I hope I’ll connect with lots of other people out there like myself. I’ll be writing about Rheumatoid Arthritis and my life, my pain, my battle with doctors…and the beautiful people I’ve met along the way.

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Rheumatoid arthritis is completely different to osteoarthritis which affects most of us as we get older. Rheumatoid arthritis can affect people of any age including very young children and it is a condition where the immune system which usually protects us from infections, starts to attack the joints causing pain, stiffness and swelling.

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An acronym for disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs, DMARDs are drugs that work to modify the course of the disease. Traditional DMARDs include methotrexate, hydroxycholorquine, sulfasalazine, leflunomide, cyclophosphamide and azathioprine.

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I starting writing this blog in September 2008 and I decided in my very first post that I would have to start by taking my new life one day at a time. Since then, this blog has been a very honest record of how I have adjusted to life with RA by always trying to look forward.


HUMIRA is a prescription medicine used alone, with methotrexate, or with certain other medicines to reduce the signs and symptoms of moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis in adults, may prevent further damage to your bones and joints, and may help your ability to perform daily activities.

Inflamed: Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Thanks for stopping by. Originally, I wanted to provide a place where patients could learn about RA and related issues. This site will be a cross between informational website & personal blog.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

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RA can be effectively treated and managed with medication(s) and self-management strategies. Treatment for RA usually includes the use of medications which slow disease and prevent joint deformity, called disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs); biological response modifiers (biologicals) are medications that are an effective second-line treatment. In addition to medications, people can manage their RA with self-management strategies proven to reduce pain and disability, allowing them to pursue the activities important to them


Biological medicines work in RA by blocking chemicals that are involved in inflammation. For example, some of these biological medicines block a chemical called TNF-alpha which plays an important role in causing inflammation in joints in RA. One problem with biological medicines is that they need to be given by injection.


RA has an overall prevalence of 0.5-1%. There is a female predominance, with the disease being 2-3 times more common in women.

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