Communicating with your employer about your absence from work

What Is Family Medical Leave Act? The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requires covered employers to provide eligible employees with up to 12 work weeks per year of job protected leave, , with continuation of group health insurance coverage, under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave. You can… Read more »

Knowing when a treatment is “risky”

Imagine this situation. At a healthcare visit you received a prescription for a new medication. You talk with a friend, who says that you should worry about the long-term effects of this medicine. Then you hear of two people who took the medication. It helped one person, but the other person had to stop it… Read more »

Rheumatoid arthritis and chronic pain: Where can you find local support groups?

For people living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), or newly diagnosed with RA, support groups can offer an opportunity to speak with others who experience similar concerns, struggles, and frustrations. Support groups can help reduce negative thoughts and feelings, and also provide useful information.1 But how do you find the right group or even start your own? … Read more »

I’m 28 and feel like I’m 82! Rheumatoid arthritis when you’re young

At 28, you’re young – your whole life is in front of you. You make decisions and forge ahead. And then, like a hammer, it comes; the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA).  The diagnosis seems to ruin everything. Now, the perfect career is anything but – it’s too challenging with RA. You feel different from everyone else –… Read more »

My journey with chronic pain

Contributed by: Sara Gilbert Nadler-Goldstein Reviewed by: Elsbeth McSorley, MA   When one lives their life on a daily basis, no one would ever imagine in the course of a second it would change forever. I never thought that I would be victim of those very words. On May 24, 2003 I was in a… Read more »

Introduction to gout

What is gout? Who gets it? Gout is a type of painful, inflammatory (red, swollen) arthritis. It’s caused by buildup of a salt called uric acid in the joints and other places in the body. It’s the most common type of inflammatory arthritis in men over 40, and is common in men even in their… Read more »

When more than one joint hurts

When you think about arthritis, it’s very important to remember that it isn’t just one condition. In fact, there are more than 100 kinds of arthritis that can affect the joints in your body. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis, affecting more than 27 million Americans. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is second most common, affecting more than 1.3… Read more »

My journey with pain, children, gardening, and spirituality

Contributed by: Sue Reviewed by: Kevin L. Zacharoff, MD, February 2013 When you’re hurting physically or emotionally, it can be hard to find meaning and purpose in everyday life. You might ask yourself, “Why me? Why now? There’s so much I want to do, but the pain is all I can think about.” Meet Sue. She’s… Read more »

Tips for getting around in the winter

Contributed by: Michael Reviewed by: Jonas I. Bromberg, Psy.D. Living with chronic pain is a daily challenge. Your doctors and other healthcare providers can help you with medicines, physical therapy, and other treatments. But for coping with everyday life, the best advice often comes from other people like yourself—people with chronic pain. Snow can be… Read more »