Case reports of individual patients suggest COVID-19 is associated with new-onset diabetes, but more research is needed.
Rumors are circulating about a study that shows people with lupus don’t get COVID-19, but emerging data says otherwise.
‘You are more prepared and more powerful than you think you are. As a patient or a caregiver, you have skills that are needed right now.’
Maintaining good control over a chronic illness — by eliminating barriers to health care access — could help reduce patients’ need for emergency care that could increase their exposure to COVID-19.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended weeks ago that everyone wear non-medical grade face masks to help reduce coronavirus transmission, but their widespread use remains inconsistent.
This advice from clinical psychologist Laurie Ferguson, PhD, is a good reminder that there is no correct tried-and-true path to manage a pandemic, or ourselves as we navigate it.
People with asthma and COPD are more at risk for COVID-19 complications because they already have damage to their lung tissue and/or over-reactive airways.
Fibromyalgia does not make you immunosuppressed. But managing fibromyalgia does have unique needs and concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic.
‘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.’
Does having IBD make you immunocompromised or at higher risk for COVID-19 complications? Learn more about your risk and how to protect yourself.
‘These preliminary findings suggest that in the United States, persons with underlying health conditions or other recognized risk factors for severe outcomes from respiratory infections appear to be at a higher risk for severe disease from COVID-19 than are persons without these conditions.’
New questions about how to safely obtain, prepare, and consume food are arising during COVID-19, especially for those with suppressed immune systems.
This advice from clinical psychologist Laurie Ferguson, PhD, is a good reminder of a simple way to cope with coronavirus-related stress and anxiety.
There are still going to be newly diagnosed people in desperate need of information about their condition. There are still going to be people who need regular contact with others who understand the complexities of their conditions and medications without judgment. Your group will still be needed; you might just need to change how it runs for a while.
Many different ‘superheroes’ are tirelessly working to help those most vulnerable across the world.
When you live with a rheumatic disease, you likely have daily symptoms that can mimic those of COVID-19, including shortness of breath, chronic, dry cough, muscles aches, fatigue, gastrointestinal woes, temperature spikes.
This advice from clinical psychologist Laurie Ferguson, PhD, is a good reminder of the importance of staying virtually connected with others to fight loneliness and isolation.
Wearing gloves when you’re out running essential errands doesn’t offer the protection you may think it does.
A side effect methotrexate is increased risk of certain infections. This is particularly important to understand right now in light of the current COVID-19 crisis.
A 'Buy American' executive order may put patient lives at risk. Become a volunteer advocate with the 50-State Network to demand continued access to medications for all Americans.
Living with ankylosing spondylitis has trained me for paying attention to subtle changes in my symptoms and paying close attention to my body’s clues. Here’s what they told me when I was worried I had coronavirus.
Patients around the country are understandably worried about a prescription drug shortage, as more and more people are stocking up on medications they don't need. We must demand that states protect patients' access to their prescription drug.
A common side effect of corticosteroids like prednisone is increased risk of infections. This is particularly important to understand right now in light of the current COVID-19 crisis.
Here’s what 350+ high-risk patients are thinking, feeling, and doing to manage their health during this unprecedented COVID-19 health crisis.
Members of the Global Healthy Living Foundation and CreakyJoints patient communities have a lot on their mind right now, including many life-or-death fears over their COVID-19 risk and overall health.
Can’t work because you are sick with COVID-19 or don’t want to work because you are a high-risk patient and worried about your coronavirus exposure? This information is critical to know.
Telehealth visits for routine care can help keep patients safe, make them feel connected to their doctor, and quell fears during the coronavirus pandemic.
This advice from clinical psychologist Laurie Ferguson, PhD, can help you cope with the lack of control you may feel over your environment and health right now.
I lived in New York City during and after the September 11 attacks. This reminded me of the feelings of dread and despair I had back then.
'I am taking some of the most extreme precautions I have ever taken in my life. Self-isolation, no play dates for my son, no non-essential outside trips, no dating. Did I mention how lonely all of this is?'
Having psoriasis during the COVID-19 pandemic may also be problematic because your skin is much more apt to become irritated from all the frequent hand washing and sanitizing.
The Global Healthy Living Foundation has compiled important state-by-state information on COVID-19 as well as trusted resources for national and international coronavirus updates.
‘Hydroxychloroquine is a safe, effective, and inexpensive therapy for conditions like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis. If there is a shortage, it will exacerbate health disparities. People who need an effective and affordable drug won’t be able to get it.’
Our non-profit organization is urging U.S. senators to vote on this critical Medicare change. Here’s what you need to know.
These comments can be insensitive or downright thoughtless, so think twice before you make them.
If you’re taking a blood thinner medication, it’s because you have an underlying health issue that makes you high risk for coronavirus complications.
Patients on immunosuppressing biologic infusions have concerns over whether to keep upcoming appointments. Here’s what you need to know.
Despite some uncertainty, many clinicians are now saying that acetaminophen is the safest choice if you develop a fever and COVID-19 symptoms at this time.
Jessica Schantz has ankylosing spondylitis and asthma and has had two bouts of pneumonia in the last six months. Now she has a new battle to fight: COVID-19.
It is possible to eat nutritious, anti-inflammatory meals on a limited amount of pantry food and a limited budget. Here’s how.
‘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.’
This can help people whose health is threatened by the nation’s panic buying.
We’ve all seen photos of lines winding around stores, empty shelves, and panic buying. It’s a scary time — particularly for those on the front lines like my son, who is a supermarket cashier. For teen workers with underlying health issues, it’s even more complicated.
Please. Think of me. Think of my son.
Diane Smith has psoriatic arthritis and her symptoms have her doctor convinced that she likely has COVID-19. But unless her condition worsens, she’ll never know for sure.
‘My art is my meditation at this point. It helps me calm down and focus better. It helps to keep my anxiety from spinning out of control and taking over every aspect of my life.’
Being a boyfriend to someone with multiple chronic health conditions has opened my eyes to concerns — possibly life-threatening concerns — that I wasn’t ready for with COVID-19.
‘I am immunocomromised and my life counts. #HighRiskCovid19.’
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.
Stay up to date on the latest thinking on how to manage medications for inflammatory conditions that affect the immune system during the coronavirus pandemic.
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 can affect the immune system, such as many forms of inflammatory arthritis, continue to be worried about the COVID-19 pandemic. 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.