For patient advocates Zoe Rothblatt and Cheryl Crow, social media has become a dynamic platform for social support, validation, and empowerment in their chronic illness care.
New study suggests people with rheumatic disease may benefit from assisted reproductive technologies (ART) — yet high percentage of patients lack knowledge about safety of these fertility treatments.
Should you exercise? Nap? Caffeinate? Here's what experts and patients recommend for boosting your energy when fatigue from chronic illness takes control.
From brain fog to irritability, here are some subtle signs that your inflammatory arthritis is causing fatigue.
In many cases, loved ones are well-intentioned but poorly informed. In some scenarios, though, you’re better off distancing yourself from toxic relationships.
From adding a little extra cushion to researching your rental car, here are 12 doctor- and patient-approved tips that make road trips easier when you have arthritis.
The bathroom can be a dangerous spot for people with arthritis. Here are tips for maintaining a safe and comfortable bathroom that might even ease your arthritis pain.
In a new study, researchers found that people with chronic musculoskeletal pain were likely to have problems getting along with a partner and find sex physically challenging.
Not drinking enough fluids can have unexpected consequences for your arthritis. Here’s how dehydration can cause increased joint pain — and how to make drinking water a daily habit.
Making healthy, anti-inflammatory meals may help ease arthritis symptoms — but not if pain from chopping and stirring makes your arthritis worse. Here are tips for maintaining a safe and comfortable kitchen that can make cooking meals a little less painful.
When you have a chronic illness like arthritis that causes pain and fatigue, chances are you spend a lot of time in your bedroom. Here are tips for a safer and more comfortable bedroom to help you sleep better and have less pain.
From arthritis-friendly tools to joint-friendly modifications, here are some ways to reduce arthritis pain and discomfort when you’re cleaning your home.
In her new book "Sex Interrupted," rheumatology nurse practitioner Iris Zink MSN, RN explores the sexual and intimacy challenges people with chronic illnesses may face — and provides tips on how to overcome them.
From expert-backed tips to must-have assistive devices, here are some ways to reduce arthritis pain and discomfort when you’re getting dressed for the day.
“I’m nowhere near perfect and learning more and more every year,” says Eileen Davidson. Here’s a list of what helps her survive being a single mom with rheumatoid arthritis.
Rheumatologists and patients now have some collective evidence-based recommendations about contraception, use of assisted reproductive technologies (like IVF), how to have a healthy pregnancy, and hormone replacement therapy for menopausal women.
'I am worthy of love — even if someone doesn't think I am because my life has been stained by illness. These exact fears of being viewed as a burden have crippled me from letting anyone close to my heart.'
Plus, the signs they’re a keeper based on how they respond.
For the few who can see me past my illness, I am still just like anyone else — with some unexpected bonus traits too.
Women with RA who want to become pregnant should talk to their rheumatologist and ob-gyn about what ideal prenatal care should look like.
Although biologics cross the placenta, research shows they lead to few infections in babies after they’re born.
This aggressive treatment strategy might be the best way to manage arthritis in children.
‘Mommy, you used to cry a lot when I was younger.’
‘I am searching for someone who will be there through my sickness — not shy away from it.’
Psychological distress, self-esteem, and medication side effects all play a role.
Rule number one of being a parent with a chronic illness: Keep your sense of humor handy.
Sexual dysfunction among people with arthritis is far more common than you might think.
You want it to be the most wonderful time of the year, but fatigue. And pain. And brain fog. These stress-soothing tips can help you have a healthier and happier holiday season in spite of chronic illness.
People who have psoriasis are 5.5 times more likely than those without the condition to develop sexual dysfunction, according to a new research review that was published in the journal JAMA Dermatology. Sexual dysfunction may include lack of libido, erectile...
You expect your child to complain of aches and pains when they have a cold or the flu, or even after a particularly active day. But what if there’s no obvious cause for their pain? In many cases, these symptoms...
New moms may have many concerns about breastfeeding their newborns — Will the baby latch? Will I produce enough milk? Will I ever sleep again? Women with inflammatory bowel disease, however, have one more important concern: Is my medication safe...
Finding out you’re pregnant when you have an autoimmune disease like inflammatory arthritis is a swirl of a million emotions. You’re thrilled (and perhaps relieved) that you’re finally expecting, but you’re also likely a nervous, anxious wreck. Is it safe...
CJ blogger, The Unexpected Advocate, writes about a tough issue.
Traveling can be a pain and traveling with a biologic or other injectable medicine can even further complicate things. Below find information about traveling with injectable medications. We hope that this helps you prepare so you can enjoy your destination....
What are the basic human needs—and where does sex fit into the picture whether or not we live with chronic illness? I’ve been considering these questions in light of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, a highly-respected theory that views basic human needs in a hierarchy of...
I helped my mom around the house when I was a child. She was a single mother with four children – but no help and almost no support. We had chores we were expected to do and they were often...