This advice from Laurie Ferguson, PhD, clinical psychologist and and Director of Education Development at the Global Healthy Living Foundation, can help you fight back against feelings of fatigue, exhaustion, and burnout.
According to the findings, the treatment reduced the chances that a COVID-19 patient would die in the hospital by 65 percent.
It’s uncommon, but not impossible, for the coronavirus to be transmitted through the eyes. Here are the changes to be on the lookout for.
Sores on the inside of the mouth could be another coronavirus clue, but more research is needed.
This advice from Laurie Ferguson, PhD, clinical psychologist and Director of Education Development at the Global Healthy Living Foundation, can help you stop criticizing yourself for what you are not doing and, instead, recognize what you are up against and how well you are managing all of it.
A large study out of South Korea suggests that older kids and teens spread coronavirus more than younger ones, but the reasons remain unclear.
If icing is part of your arthritis treatment, these inexpensive hacks will give you more options for easing achiness and decreasing inflammation.
Friends til the bitter end? Nah.
Sticky grime can make for achy joints, but these savvy tips will help make post-dinner cleaning easier.
This advice from Laurie Ferguson, PhD, clinical psychologist and Director of Education Development at the Global Healthy Living Foundation, can help you prepare for changes you would like to see in your life and begin to move toward that transformation.
Here are the factors to consider, and precautions you can take if you decide to take a bus, train, or other form of public transit.
Here are the factors to consider before you get on a plane, and precautions you can take if air travel is necessary.
People who took proton pump inhibitors were significantly more likely to be among those who contracted coronavirus, and risk increased along with the medication dose.
‘Coinfections’ could be trickier to identify and treat, especially during cold and flu season.
When it comes to wearing a mask the right (read: most protective) way, we’ve got you covered.
Here’s the abbreviated version: My life is just as fucking valuable as that of any able-bodied person.
While most of what we’re all doing — comfort shopping during a crisis — is normal, it’s important to keep an eye on it.
Here are the factors to consider, and precautions you can take if you decide to head to a nail salon for a fresh coat of polish.
And people with coronavirus who had a stroke were much more likely to die than those who did not have a stroke.
Here are the factors to consider, and precautions you can take if you decide to hit the gym to break a sweat.
Recently there is mounting evidence that we should pay attention to the risk of spreading coronavirus from aerosolized particles.
‘For better or worse, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced me to pay much closer attention to my body again.’
I lived a number of years where I didn't truly know much about courage — until I had three lifechanging experiences that defined courage for me, all before my 30th birthday.
Here are the factors to consider, and the precautions to take if you decide to dine out.
This advice from Laurie Ferguson, PhD, clinical psychologist and Director of Education Development at the Global Healthy Living Foundation, can help you practice being in the present in order to cultivate emotional and psychological well-being.
Here are the factors to consider, and precautions you can take if you decide to make an appointment.
Although we’ve mostly maintained strict social distancing and sanitizing practices, we haven’t had to deal with having the virus spreading in epic proportions around us.
Case reports of individual patients suggest COVID-19 is associated with new-onset diabetes, but more research is needed.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated its information on high-risk groups to provide more specifics, based on the latest available information.
I could do safe again. I did it religiously for the first two months of quarantine. Time to get serious again.
This advice from Laurie Ferguson, PhD, clinical psychologist and Director of Education Development at the Global Healthy Living Foundation, can help calm your anxious brain.
Put mismatched socks to good use with these smart hacks to ease pain and make chores with arthritis easier.
Gardening is often recommended as healthy physical activity for those with arthritis, but it’s important to avoid joint strain and injury.
Overall, the guidance is somewhat similar to what the ACR previously outlined for adult rheumatology patients, but there are a few important distinctions.
What does the science say about these so-called ‘immune-boosting’ supplements? While some are being studied for their role in COVID-19, the findings are preliminary at best.
The summer footwear you choose can have a major impact on your arthritis and pain levels.
These regulations have helped slow the spread of coronavirus, which has important implications for managing the pandemic going forward.
This commonly prescribed steroid might be lifesaving for critically ill coronavirus patients.
If you live with chronic pain, it’s important to arrange your temporary workspace in a way that protects your joints and muscles.
Swimming and water exercise are great forms of physical activity for arthritis, chronic pain, and other conditions. Learn about the potential risks of using pools during the coronavirus pandemic and the precautions doctors recommend.
CreakyJoints members who are tired of saying ‘I’m fine’ — when they’re not — open up about what they’ve started saying instead.
CreakyJoints members crack open the truth that lies behind this canned response.
This advice from Laurie Ferguson, PhD, clinical psychologist and Director of Education Development at the Global Healthy Living Foundation, can help you take care of your mental health when the violence and horrors of racial injustice and bigotry along with the ongoing unknowns of COVID-19 may heighten your feelings of helplessness and hopelessness.
The study findings aren’t necessarily wrong, but there were concerns with the data used for the analysis.
And it’s not because fewer people are having heart attacks.
Data from 600 patients in a global research registry shows which rheumatic disease patients face the greatest risks of hospitalization.
This new mystery illness tied to COVID-19 is still relatively uncommon in children, but it is important to know what to look for.
These tools can help us better cope with the uncertainty and stress of the ever-changing world around us during COVID-19.
A recent poll of members of CreakyJoints and the Global Healthy Living Foundation shows many people are still staying home as much as possible, even as the rest of the country starts to reopen.
There are still many questions about these emerging symptoms of COVID-19. Here’s what you need to know and look for when it comes to coronavirus and your skin.
This advice from Laurie Ferguson, PhD, clinical psychologist and Director of Education Development at the Global Healthy Living Foundation, can help you identify and stop this bad habit so you can more easily cope with the unknowns of the COVID-19 pandemic.
CreakyJoints and the Global Healthy Living Foundation hosted a Facebook Live Q&A with experts from the U.S. Centers from Disease Control and Prevention and the national physicians group United Rheumatology to discuss the ongoing concerns of the chronic illness patient community.
Jealousy is one of the seven deadly sins, but it feels justified in these, ahem, unprecedented times.
New data on COVID-19 patients from the Boston area adds to our understanding of how people with inflammatory arthritis and rheumatic conditions are affected by coronavirus.
Use what you already have on hand to make everyday tasks easier.
Research shows that men with heart failure might have higher levels of ACE2 enzyme compared with women, and that could explain why they are faring worse with coronavirus.
A new study in the medical journal 'The Lancet Rheumatology' adds to the evidence that this inflammation-fighting drug may be worth a try in certain coronavirus patients.
This advice from Laurie Ferguson, PhD, clinical psychologist and Director of Education Development at the Global Healthy Living Foundation, can help you process your feelings of loss related to the COVID-19 pandemic — from grieving loved ones to an entire way of living.
Sorry, family and friends, but the one thing I miss doing the most while staying at home is my weekly yoga class.
“Patients with lupus — even if they are using [hydroxychloroquine] as baseline therapy — can develop SARS-CoV-2 infection and severe COVID-19 at similar frequency as lupus patients not on antimalarials."
‘No risk, no reward’ doesn’t really hold up in the time of coronavirus. This is not the time to take chances, especially if you have a chronic illness like RA or underlying conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure.
As state economies continue phase out reopening, people with underlying medical conditions from all throughout the U.S. are very concerned about how to stay healthy.
This piece of art from Jennifer Walker, a patient advocate and artist living with multiple chronic illnesses, depicts the anticipation of loss, pain, and chaos she has felt as the coronavirus pandemic continues.
People with gout may be considered in a higher-risk group for potential COVID-19 complications. Follow this guidance to stay safe and healthy through the pandemic.
It's hard to escape these emotions. They leave me unmotivated, lost about what day it is or what time it is. But I know I need to move forward, especially for my son.
These itch relievers can help as part of your overall psoriasis treatment plan.
Telemedicine visits are becoming a vital part of rheumatology patient care. Here’s what to know to make them as successful and helpful as possible.
Randomized controlled clinical trials are still needed, but this research is casting doubt about using hydroxychloroquine as a standard COVID-19 treatment.
This advice from Laurie Ferguson, PhD, clinical psychologist and Director of Education Development at the Global Healthy Living Foundation, can help you be more resilient even when life feels harder than it ever has.
If you’re tired of cooking at home, try adding these simple and nutritious soup recipes to your recipe rotation.
Nutritionists who specialize in gut health share some simple meal ideas for inflammatory bowel disease to eat while you’re in quarantine or trying to grocery shop as little as possible.
File this under “good but preliminary” news.
You might not be able to see our pain — physical and mental — but we sure can feel it.
As a rheumatology patient, you may have many concerns about staying healthy during COVID-19. Use this quick guide as an overview.
This piece of art from Jennifer Walker, a patient advocate and artist living with multiple chronic illnesses, depicts the intimacy and connection that many people are craving while isolating at home.
This mistake taught me that my psoriatic arthritis is not something to trifle with. It’s a medical condition that I have to be vigilant about, even during COVID-19 (and beyond).
This advice from Laurie Ferguson, PhD, clinical psychologist and Director of Education Development at the Global Healthy Living Foundation, could explain why you feel utterly physically and mentally exhausted.
These simple objects, which you already have on hand, can make tidying up easier and quicker.
How can you stay safe when wearing a mask feels unbearable? Follow this expert advice.
For my mental health and to stay out of Facebook jail, I decided to stop screaming at others online and write an actual list of my own personal guiding principles going forward.
First, don’t make any changes to your prescriptions on your own. Next, consider what cardiologists are learning about abnormal clotting and COVID-19.
I’m not sure which is better or worse: having a disability that is so visible that people stare at you in the street or one that is so invisible that people don’t believe you and accuse you of faking it.
Zoe Zeerip was just 13 when juvenile arthritis stole away the life she was used to living. Here is a poem that shows her struggle, adjustment, and triumph.
Every day Zoe Zeerip pushes back against a condition that conspires to hold her down. Here, she and her brother Zeppelin discuss why they made this short film to share her story —and her fight.
From grocery shopping and getting dressed to your career path and identity, chronic pain seeps into every aspect of your life.
If spending more time at home is taking a toll on your arthritis pain and stiffness, these tips can help.
‘Life feels chaotic because we have a new normal and won't be able to go back to the way we lived before,’ says Jennifer Walker, a patient advocate and artist living with multiple chronic illnesses.
The official list of signs to watch for has grown beyond fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
The truth: My infusion was a lot less dramatic than I built up in my head.
Proper DIY nail care for psoriasis is important during the COVID-19 pandemic.
There are a lot of COVID-19-related stressors we’re all feeling right now. Understanding your Myers-Briggs type may help you manage things a little better.
Coronavirus lockdowns across the world have many similarities but also many differences. Here’s how I see the situation from Melbourne, Australia.
You may feel some pain relief benefits from this flexible tape, which can be applied at home.
Why this immune system activation happens to some people with autoimmune conditions — and why cytokine storm are involved in killing so many COVID-19 patients.
‘This piece is depicting the intense desperation that I feel in trying to keep COVID-19 out of my life,’ says Jennifer Walker, a patient advocate and artist living with multiple chronic illnesses.
Here’s how to protect yourself during COVID-19 — even when your loved one can’t stay home.
People with ankylosing spondylitis may be considered in a higher-risk group for potential COVID-19 complications. Follow this guidance to stay safe and healthy through the pandemic.
Orchids require special care under the best of circumstances, while dandelions grow everywhere — no matter where they land, or what's happening around them. This metaphor can explain a lot about why those with chronic illness are struggling so much right now.
This advice from Laurie Ferguson, PhD, clinical psychologist and Director of Education Development at the Global Healthy Living Foundation, can help you interpret the meaning you feel in moments and fragments in order to make it a sacred story.
Here are some key highlights from a new resource aimed at answering some of the key questions rheumatologists and patients are wondering about right now.