The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that everyone wear non-medical grade face masks to help reduce coronavirus transmission.
‘Even though I was only on the ventilator for a couple days, it seemed like a lifetime. The memory is still vivid more than five years later.’
Wearing gloves when you’re out running essential errands doesn’t offer the protection you may think it does.
‘All of a sudden, it dawned on all of us that our lives as we knew it were over, indefinitely, and we snapped. Everything we used to do was out the window.’
Please. Think of me. Think of my son.
CreakyJoints and Global Healthy Living Foundation members, who have chronic illnesses that make them at high risk for coronavirus complications, share how they’re getting through long days at home.
If you feel like your concerns as a chronic illness patient are not being heard, share this.
Are you nervous? I'm nervous, but we know what to do. Here's how to do your part.
Not all heroes wear capes. Many merely wash their hands and respect social distancing.
There are still many unknowns about how the COVID-19 pandemic may affect those with chronic illnesses, suppressed immune systems, and underlying health issues. We’re committed to talking with medical experts to get you answers.
People who are immunocompromised are not humming ‘Happy Birthday’ and feeling happy-go-lucky as they wash their hands.
I’m not writing this to cause mass hysteria or scare anyone, but rather to educate them about the risks that many people like me are facing right now.
We read tweets like, 'Stop worrying, we’re probably all young and healthy here,' with a long sigh.
As immunocompromised and high-risk patients are being advised to stay home as much as possible, here is advice from therapists on how to navigate feelings of isolation and distress that may arise from extended time at home.
You may have a house full of ‘assistive devices’ that you never considered for your arthritis pain and stiffness.
A friendly reminder, especially for loved ones of those with underlying health issues and chronic illness.
Here’s more on what these recommendations mean for people with chronic illness and weakened immune systems.
We disabled activists know no one is going to include us equitably in messaging about this latest public health threat. We have no historical evidence of inclusion, so why should we expect it to start now?
Making sure those around you practice good hygiene can help you stay healthy and reduce coronavirus-related anxiety and fear.
Those with underlying health conditions are having a different reaction to the outbreak — have you taken the time to listen to it?
‘This casual way of speaking about our fellow human beings lacks compassion or a real sense of what it means to encounter serious illness and death.’
‘Remind yourself: I’ve been practicing this. This is already how I live so I don’t have to be more frightened.’
It’s not something people are always eager to talk acknowledge, but it’s important for those living with arthritis and chronic pain to know that many out there are struggling with issues related to using the bathroom.
‘It’s not the first time my RA got in the way of a good time and it wouldn’t be the last.’
Here’s what our members are thinking and doing to stay calm and cautious.
‘No one is talking about how the health of the weakest of us affects the health of us all.’
People with chronic illness that affects the immune system, such as many forms of inflammatory arthritis, are understandably worried — if not downright freaking out — about the spread of this new virus. Here’s what infectious disease experts and rheumatologists want you to know.
Although there isn’t a lot of scientific research on this oft-overlooked symptom, here’s what experts — and many patients — had to say.
‘I knew that if I had to face the day I couldn’t just wake up, hop out of bed, and move as quickly as the rest of New York City.’
The last five years were packed with so many events and obstacles that changed me — physically and emotionally — that I feel like I have gone through a rapid aging process.
There’s life before an arthritis diagnosis and life after. Here are some things you can expect.
‘For me, showering has always been a gauge for my disease activity. The more inflammation coursing through my body, the more difficult showers are and the longer it takes me to get ready in the morning.’
In our ‘Ask a Pharmacist’ column in collaboration with Walgreens and AllianceRx Walgreens Prime, we get the facts on how to prepare for traveling with multiple or complex medications for chronic illness, including biologics.
'I often wonder if I don't have much else to talk about other than my illness. What do I offer in a friendship?'
A flaking scalp and skin are some of the most frustrating symptoms of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Here’s how to stop shedding.
‘In a strange way, I was relieved to be diagnosed. And on some other, deeper, quieter level, I felt a connection to my family in an ancestral way.’
While the standard vaccine certainly offers protection, a new study suggests that RA patients may want to ask their providers about the high-dose version.
If opening jars is painful, difficult, or sometimes impossible, this advice from hand strength and dexterity experts will be a big help.
Not being able to sleep well at night because of nocturnal back pain can turn your whole life upside down. This advice can help you start sleeping soundly again.
Is a little alcohol ever safe if you have gout? Find out what science and experts have to say.
People with arthritis often notice a connection between humidity or temperature and joint pain symptoms. Here’s what you need to know.
'I know my body will need rest after the holiday marathon. So why should I stress over making New Year’s resolutions I know I will end up breaking or struggle to even begin?'
If you dread this weekly errand, this advice can help.
Chronic illness, unfortunately, comes with its fair share of chronic opinions.
Being able to drive a car is really important for many people. Here’s what to do when arthritis starts to take a toll on your driving.
When rheumatoid arthritis started to cramp my Christmas season, I learned that it’s all about the pivot and perception.
‘It's not going to be easy and there is no manual on how to do this but girl, you want to live — not just survive, right?’
Discover strategies to help you balance your need for rest with your need to get things done.
A systemic inflammatory disease like rheumatoid arthritis or lupus could impact how HPV affects your body.
‘I long for the days when I could buy any outfit I like and then get shoes to match. I wish it were that simple. My big, sore feet have changed all that.’
Many people are familiar with IBD as a ‘bathroom disease,’ but if you are an IBD patient you know all too well that it is way more than just that.
These could be problematic for people with joint pain, fatigue, and other chronic illness issues.
Arthritis has no cure, can cause permanent disability, and can change pretty much everything about your life. But there are still plenty of reasons to feel optimistic, says a writer who’s had rheumatoid arthritis for more than 10 years.
We’ve rounded up present ideas that can help relieve pain, make life easier, provide cozy comfort, and help those with arthritis live healthier lives. Here’s to the gift of good health!
When temperatures drop, joint pain can act up. Use these tips from rheumatologists and fellow patients to keep yourself cozy and pain-free in cold weather.
People with inflammatory arthritis on TNF inhibitor biologics did not experience any incidence of shingles infection after getting the live vaccine for shingles.
Talking about arthritis with people who don’t have it is hard enough. Yet, the way we talk to other people with arthritis can be tricky, too.
If you have arthritis in your knees, ankles or feet, you may find some relief wearing these special socks. Here’s how they work.
Gradually the person I was before RA became more and more of a stranger. A ghost.
Living with arthritis is hard. But this advice from fellow patients can make the going a little less tough.
‘Do up to 80 percent of what you think you are capable of and then stop.’
Falling is both more common and more serious for people with arthritis — here’s what you can do today to lower your risk.
Here’s what you need to know about timing, medication, and healing when you want to get a tattoo and have inflammatory arthritis.
These arthritis home remedies may be worth a try as part of your overall doctor-prescribed treatment plan.
When your evenings are consumed by pain and fatigue, it’s easy to crash on the couch and call it a night. Here are tips to make your evenings less stressful and more productive.
Everyone dreads laundry day, but when you have arthritis pain, stiffness, and fatigue, doing laundry is a whole other kind of impossible.
Humiliating moments don’t discriminate — they happen to all of us and they happen wherever we are: at home, at school, at social events, at work.
Does RA make your skin itchy? This could explain why — and what to do about it.
Treating dry mouth isn’t as simple as drinking more water. When you have dry mouth related to arthritis, here’s what to do about it.
‘By the time my doctor diagnosed me with rheumatoid arthritis, my body felt like it was crumbling from the inside out. I knew I wouldn't be working as an esthetician any more.’
‘I assume I can until I can’t. I make plans, I book trips, I go to the gym, I live as normal of a life as possible.’
Arthritis can make hooking a bra impossible some days. Here are better bra options for supporting your girls.
Here’s how to enjoy your tub time without struggling to squeeze shampoo bottles or worrying about slips and falls.
‘Basically, it’s like running a marathon with the flu while in an existential crisis.’
There’s a lot to consider when deciding whether to use a brace for extra support in knee arthritis.
When you have chronic illness like arthritis, it can be hard to imagine getting through the day without a nap. But you must read this before you nod off.
Arthritis in certain parts of the body can make it more difficult to walk. Here’s how to deal with these changes in your gait and remain mobile.
Could the meds you take to manage your arthritis make you vulnerable to sunburn or other skin issues?
Vaccines are a critical part of your arthritis treatment plan. Don’t let common misconceptions get in the way of your care.
There’s tired and then there’s fatigue. Let’s not mistake the two.
Who says you have to suffer to be beautiful?
Faking your arthritis? Yeah, right. “If anything, we fake being well.”
People with arthritis share their best tips and tricks for getting through morning stiffness and pain and starting the day right.
For Arthritis Awareness Month, we asked the CreakyJoints community to share their ‘As Not Seen on TV’ moments — what daily life with arthritis is really like.
Eileen Davidson, 33, knows it’s not easy for others to understand what it’s like to live with rheumatoid arthritis. Here’s how she attempts to describe it.
The everyday choices you make — like how active you are and how you handle stress and fatigue — affect your joints. Here’s how to make sure you might not unknowingly be making things worse.
Applying for an accessible parking placard is a practical as well as emotional decision.
Ever wish a podiatrist could take you shoe shopping? This is a close second.
Painsomnia is real, but this advice can help you start sleeping well again.
The excruciating pain and swelling during a gout flare is pretty hard to ignore.
Some people want to get away from brutal winters; for others, high humidity is the enemy. Here’s what science and arthritis patients themselves say about how weather may impact disease.
If you’ve never made yourself a ‘hot pocket’ with two heated blankets, you’re missing out.
Here’s how to handle these increases in AS disease activity.
You’ve probably heard that moderate drinkers have a lower risk of certain health problems, including heart disease and Alzheimer’s. Studies have similarly suggested that a few drinks a week might cut your chances of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and that...
Physical therapy can be an important part of treatment for many people with arthritis. Here’s the advice PTs wish they could give everyone.
The prep for a colonoscopy is often worse than the procedure. Here’s how to make it more tolerable.
Some women call the combination a nightmare. Here’s how to prepare for how menopause could affect your RA management.
Take a step in the right direction with these tips for finding the best shoes to wear if you have arthritis.
Here are the main clues a psoriatic arthritis flare is coming, and how to make it go away more quickly.
Having both RA and PTSD means more systemic inflammation.
Whether it’s seeing a world wonder or getting a handicapped parking permit, accomplishments feel even more proud when you have a chronic illness.