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Sometimes my husband acts like a child. I know, many women say this about their husbands. But what makes my husband acting like a big baby more difficult than most is that like me, he lives with rheumatoid arthritis. And the childlike behavior that drives me particularly crazy? When he goes off his meds.
Have you noticed the backlash across the country after the Super Bowl advertisements for opioid induced constipation (OIC)? buckle in as this may be a rough ride for a while, but let’s remember we will make it through as a community. After all what choice do we have? Remember we are all in this together. We have always had each other’s back and sticking together is better than being picked apart.
Recovery weeks 3 – 5, from first sneeze to first run. Slowly but surely I'll be back. I'm no stranger to fighting like hell for something I love, getting knocked down, having that something taken away, and then enduring the suffering all over again to get it back. Somewhat of a professional endurer of all things pain if you will. It's going to be one hell of long road, but I've got this.
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:
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.
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.
Not going to sugar coat it. I am suffering, bad today. It's been downhill ever since the pain block wore off. The pain is beyond excruciating.
CJ Blogger Sandi Davis on people with rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases having to weigh how to handle alcohol at holiday time
CJ Blogger Layne Martin, RN, who has psoriatic arthritis, on the frustation of having drug options—methotrexate, DMARDs, and biologics—not work for her
CJ Blogger Dina Neils, a triathlete with RA & two total hip replacements, combats the brain fog of heavy pain meds to chronicle her recent wrist fusion surgery
When it comes to partial knee replacement Dr. Stone's patients often ask, “Can I run, can I play sports, can I return to my full range of activities?” His answer? “Yes, but…”