Year: 2011

Living with arthritis pain will NOT stop me from playing golf with my friends

Contributed by: Deborah Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, December 2011 Deborah has pain from arthritis. Initially she sent painACTION only the first paragraph below. We asked her to write more so that other painACTION readers could learn what she does that makes it possible for her to continue to play golf. Deborah then submitted the… Read more »

My biggest fear

Contributed by: Marianne Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, December 2011   Marianne is a 54 year old woman from Maine who has rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and degenerative bone disease.  She submitted this story to respond to the request in the painACTION newsletter for stories about how subscribers handle their greatest fears – her fear was… Read more »

Rheumatoid arthritis challenges at work and at home

Contributed by: John Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, December 2011 John is in his late 30’s and lives in New York. I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in 2003 at the age of 30. I continue to live with waves of pain, but I am teaming up with my doctor, family, and even online for… Read more »

I am the captain of my healthcare team

Contributed by: Becky Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, December 2011   Becky has Sjogren’s Syndrome and osteoarthritis.  She has been retired for six years and enjoys vegetable and flower gardening, crafts and cooking.  Becky writes about managing several medical conditions and medical providers.   My pain journey began when I was 37, when I began to have… Read more »

Helping others with arthritis

Contributed by: Ashlee Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, November, 2011 Ashlee describes herself as “a mid-twenties upstate New Yorker that has had Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis for the better part of 15 years. I dealt with it throughout high school, college and now trying to live a professional adult life while battling the obstacles that are… Read more »

What I learned about living with pain that I wish someone had told me

Contributed by: Vern Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, September 2011 Vern is 55 years old, had failed back surgery and has neuropathy in both legs. He has been in chronic pain and on disability for the past 10 years. In his story Vern offers advice to help people who are new to chronic pain. One thing… Read more »

Medications for rheumatoid arthritis: What you need to know

What is rheumatoid arthritis? Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a long-term autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of the joints; this can lead to pain in the neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, fingers, hips, knees, feet, and/or ankles. Other common symptoms include body stiffness and fatigue. RA usually occurs in joints on both sides of the body at… Read more »

Making decisions about rheumatoid arthritis medications

Coping with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can feel overwhelming at times. Choosing the right RA medication can sometimes be a challenge, too; that’s because medications that work well for some people may not work at all for others. You’re not on your own, though – you and your health care provider will work together to choose… Read more »