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Another autoimmune and counting….

Scared, overwhelmed and optimistic. Beginning the journey: my husband’s Ankylosing Spondylitis

Stop Using #StoptheStigma!

Recently, some people have been using the tag #StoptheStigma on social media outlets to raise awareness of the stigmatization of chronic pain patients.

It really bothers me. And here’s why:

Another specialist……

So, on top of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis caused in the first seven months after diagnosis because my disease went unchecked, I also have fibromyalgia. Yes, I have that body-draining, pain-inducing, wrenching disease that sucks more of what little reserve that I have left over from my RA. My fibro is considered a secondary disease because I developed it after I developed my RA.

Minding the Gap

The first is the interval from when a joint is injured to when arthritis sets in.The second is from when arthritis sets in to when you are considered old enough for artificial joint replacement surgery.

For the knee, shoulder and ankle injuries that I’ve treated, these gaps have ranged from years to decades. But as we move into the 21st century, those gaps are looking very different.

Struggling with Self-Expression

Growing up with Systemic JA and in an abusive household, I learned that my opinion was not wanted, that my existence was only valued based on what I could do for others. My mother needed me as an emotional extension of herself. Other abusers needed me as a means to an end.

How safe are joint implants? (Implant Device Safety Series Post #3 of 4)

In a four-part series, we will explore the safety of joint implant devices as well as how patients can have a stronger voice in ensuring the safety of these devices by participating in research.

In the Week 3 post, we focus on the importance of patients being well-informed on various devices’ safety and effectiveness during their selection process. Interested patients can participate in an upcoming webinar (conference call) to discuss their individual experience with joint replacement.

What You Don’t Know About Replacement Joints Can Hurt You (Implant Device Safety Series Post #2 of 4)

In a four-part series, we will explore the safety of joint implant devices as well as how patients can have a stronger voice in ensuring the safety of these devices by participating in research.

In the Week 2 post, we focus on the importance of patients being well-informed on various devices’ safety and effectiveness during their selection process. Interested patients can participate in an upcoming webinar (conference call) to discuss their individual experience with joint replacement.

Research into the Safety of Artificial Joints Would be BeTTER SAID If Patients Are Involved (Implant Device Safety Series Post #1 of 4)

In a four-part series, we will explore the safety of joint implant devices as well as how patients can have a stronger voice in ensuring the safety of these devices by participating in research.

In the Week 1 post, we discuss the important role device selection plays in joint replacement safety and how interested patients can participate in an upcoming webinar (conference call) to discuss their experience.

How to lift your mood, even when the reality of pain and limitation don’t change

CJ Health Psychologist Dr. Laurie with an easy change you can make that can increase well-being, lift mood, and decrease stress even for those who live with chronic pain

CreakyJoints Blogger co-authors the acclaimed “Grief Diaries: Loss Of Health”

The new “Grief Diaries” 10-book anthology series is out—with the book providing raw personal stories on loss of health co-authored by CreakyJoints Blogger Layne Martin, RN