Month: August 2011

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 »

How my new hobby helps me cope with pain

Contributed by: Grace Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, August 2011 Grace is a 73-year-old woman living in Canada who was born and raised in Holland.  She has lived with neuropathic pain for 14 years and describes that her neurologist calls her pain “Neuropathic Pain Syndrome” because no specific cause has been established.   My husband… Read more »