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Old 11-17-2013, 10:14 AM
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Good RA Information

Oh, Gee! I've been soooo remiss in following my own sub-topic!

Fibro sometimes goes along with RA. When it does, it is hard to tell at first when your fibro is flaring or if it is an RA flare. For fibro flares, we exercise, but for RA flares, we shouldn't. Exercising a joint flared with RA can lead to major joint damage. Read that last sentence 3 times!! The other thing to remember with RA: If a joint hurts don't exercise it! You can move it through range of motion some, but if the pain increases, don't.

For those who are NOT on a DMARD or on a Biologic, ask your Rheum doc why not. These are drugs which reduce the intensity of the disease - and can even put it into remission. RA needs to be treated aggressively as soon as detected.

I have found a wonderful website/blog for information about RA:
Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior | Bringing information & encouragement to fight RA

RA 101 from RA Warrior:
Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior | RA Education | Basic Rheumatoid Arthritis Information

I highly recommend it to anyone who has RA at any stage of the disease.

Other links:
Doctors? understanding of rheumatoid disease does not align with patients? experiences | BMJ
http://ow.ly/qUfpk

There is a LOT of stuff "out there" on the web. Not all are reliable, many do not provide valid information. As a PhD nurse, I will only post links to pages that give good information. Among the medical pages I recommend these from Mayo Clinic:
Mayo Clinic - Rheumatoid Arthritis and Heart Disease: Mayo Clinic Studies Shed Light on Dangerous Connection
http://ow.ly/qUgFv
Steps to Reduce Arthritis Wrist Pain
Mayo Clinic - Steps to Reduce Arthritis Wrist Pain
IMPORTANT: Complications of RA:
Rheumatoid arthritis: Complications - MayoClinic.com
http://ow.ly/qUhZ4

National Institute of Medicine:
Rheumatoid lung disease - National Library of Medicine - PubMed Health
Drug Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis: Comparative Effectiveness - National Library of Medicine - PubMed Health

Now that I have done my bit to overload you with information, I'll quietly sign off for now!

Love
Elizabeth
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