‘Restricting lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and other rheumatology patients from accessing hydroxychloroquine is wrong.’
‘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.’
I didn’t need the PA and surgeon to tell me my neck was “major.” I knew it, yet I still doubted myself.
In the 28 years since we met, my husband has supported me through the stages of my multiple chronic conditions. But they have taken a toll on him, too.
Although available treatment options have improved and expanded over the years, it's also become more common for RA patients to have comorbid conditions that can affect well-being.
For the few who can see me past my illness, I am still just like anyone else — with some unexpected bonus traits too.
Having a primary care doctor in addition to a rheumatology made cholesterol screening among RA patients more likely.
Women with RA who want to become pregnant should talk to their rheumatologist and ob-gyn about what ideal prenatal care should look like.
RA patients were apt to receive a biologic drug sooner if they lived in an urban area closer to a prescriber.
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.