Living Contraindicated Rheumatoid Arthritis

About Me

January 18th, 2009

Hello and Welcome,

Who am I… and why am I here?

My name is Teresa Thomas Bohannon.

I am one of the many people who was merrily going along their way in life only to one day find out that I had been stricken with Rheumatoid Arthritis.  It has been eight years now, and for the most part I have been one of the lucky ones…if there is such a thing when it comes to a disease that can and often does destroy organs and eventually lives.  I’m still here, and to the eyes of most people I look amazingly hale, hearty and healthy.  My family knows different, of course, as do a few close friends and more observant associates and co-workers.  I make no secret of it, but I don’t talk about it much either, but if you watch closely you will see the painful movements anytime I sit, or work, or type, or rest, or keyboard, or walk too long.

It all started a few years back when my joints started swelling and aching and I found that I had so little grip in my right hand that I could barely stand to turn a doorknob, and actually did not have the strength to do so in most cases.  My doctor and I thought it was merely early onset arthritis and so I began taking a miracle prescription that eased the pain and all was well for about a year.  Then the news came out that the miracle prescription created all sorts of nasty little problems like heart and liver failure and so I stopped taking it, and just started getting by on over the counter aspirin and Tylenol.

At that time, there had been, for several years, on the back of my right hand, what the old-timey people used to call a Bible Cyst.  It basically is a fluid filled lump that grows and recedes depending on how much you use the muscle involved.  In my case since I was already working heavily on the web and computers in general–as an adult student, author, web-designer and dedicated gamer–my cyst almost always stayed engorged to a greater or lesser degree depending on how many deadlines I had going at any given time. Of course, the greater it grows, the more stress is created on the the skin and the underlying nerves and muscles and the greater the degree of associated pain.

The reason these cysts are referred to as Bible Cysts is because traditionally the quickest way to deal with them has been to catch the suffer unawares and whack it with the biggest book in the house…which in the case of many homes is the Family Bible.  I say unawares, because usually this remedy is only employed when the cyst is already so engorged that it is about as painful as a person can bear.  As you might imagine whacking it with a huge book is not particularly pleasant either.  It fact the reaction is almost Tom and Jerry cartoonish since it usually elicits and loud “Yikes!” or “Yowlllll!” or other choices words as the newly healed dances around the trying to take their mind off of the sudden transition from dull, throbbing continuous pain to a sharp, knife stabbing style attack on the senses.

At any rate, my Bible Cyst lead to the discovery that I was in fact suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis.  About ten years ago my Bible Cyst took a growth spell and acquired a size that was really quite gross and disgusting in appearance  and quite magnificent in size.  It was not a particularly pretty sight.  I am not a particularly vain person, and even less so about my hands, but I can pretty much guarantee you that very few women would like to walk around with a humongous, fluid filled cyst sitting on top of their hand, and neither did I.  This time was different however, before I could always back off on my keyboarding and using the mouse and gently massage the lump away–-this time it was not going anywhere and in fact seemed to be growing more aggressively.

My lightning fast son the martial arts teacher decided to relieve me of my painful burden one day and asked me to lay my hand down flat on the table so he could see how big it actually was.  Foolish creature that I was, it never occurred to me that he would coldly, callously and cruelly take matters into his own hands for my own good–-but he did.  Before I had time to even think or withdraw, he did a powerful palm strike on the back of my hand and flattened the cyst…thereby, of course, leading me to do the aformentioned combination War Cry and Bursted Bible Cyst dance.

The odd thing is, he really did me a favor.  My Bible Cyst came back just as bad if not worse because just as it had the last time it did not recede on it’s own no matter how much I gently tried to break it up by massaging it, or no matter how much I babied my hand…but this time instead of going the home remedy route I went to see the Doctor.  He then referred me to a surgeon, who made an appointment to remove it.  The surgery was performed under General Anesthesia and so I still recall to this day the moment after the Surgeon sliced it open and said, “This is no cyst.  It’s Rheumatoid Arthritis. Take a biopsy and have it confirmed and then refer her to a Rheumatologist.”

And so eight years later here I am, mostly hale and hearty and healthy on the surface–one of the lucky ones because there is some factor in my blood that makes me one of the people who are less likely to be horribly crippled by the disease–-but still having to deal with a life filled with medicines that create nausea and threaten my eyesight…and a daily dose of pain and fatigue that has seemed to intensify over the past two years.  I read once that within twelve years of initial diagnosis the disease will progress to the point that it takes over your life…I now believe that.

Thus, this blog.  I set up RSS feeds to keep track of breaking news and other items of interest to RH sufferers; because that is the best part of the web and it’s original intention, sharing education and information. If you are one that suffers from RH or just know or love someone who does…Welcome.  I hope that you will find something of use here.

Smiles…and Good Health,

Teresa Thomas Bohannon

 

Rheumatoid Arthritis News and Information From Around The World


Actress Megan Park Talks About Life with Rheumatoid Arthritis - Healthline


Healthline

Actress Megan Park Talks About Life with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Healthline
But even those who star on a hit television show are not immune to the perils of chronic illnesses like rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The 28-year-old actress got her start in 2003 on a television movie and quickly shot to fame in ABC Family's hit series ...
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Link between mood, pain in rheumatoid arthritis patients - Penn State News


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Link between mood, pain in rheumatoid arthritis patients
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Depressive symptoms and mood in the moment may predict momentary pain among rheumatoid arthritis patients, according to Penn State researchers. "The results of this study link momentary positive and negative mood with ...
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Metagenomic Study Finds Differences in Oral, Gut Microbiomes of Rheumatoid ... - GenomeWeb


Metagenomic Study Finds Differences in Oral, Gut Microbiomes of Rheumatoid ...
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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The oral and gut microbiomes of people with rheumatoid arthritis differ from those of healthy people, according to researchers from BGI and elsewhere. They further reported that this dysbiosis was partially resolved following ...

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Metagenome-wide association study on oral microbiome uncovered markers for ...
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Researchers from BGI, Peking Union Medical College Hospital, etc., reported the study on the oral and the gut microbiome in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The results show that the gut and oral microbiome are involved in the pathophysiology and management ...
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New Knees in Rheumatoid Arthritis: Cure or Time Machine? - MedPage Today


MedPage Today

New Knees in Rheumatoid Arthritis: Cure or Time Machine?
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Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who undergo total knee arthroplasty typically don't gain as much pain relief or improvement in quality of life as those who have the procedure because of osteoarthritis (OA), according to a large national analysis.

Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis: What's the Difference - Newsmax


Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis: What's the Difference
Newsmax
Rheumatoid arthritis, which is an auto-immun causes pain, swelling, stiffness, warmth, and redness in the affect joint from inflammation of the joint lining, WebMD said. There may be a loss in normal movement in the area. Flare-ups of symptoms often ...

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Rheumatoid arthritis and heart disease connection - 6abc.com


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Rheumatoid arthritis and heart disease connection
6abc.com
A recent study from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine found higher rates of heart and vascular disease among R-A & Ps-A sufferers. It could be that the same protein that causes inflammation in the joints also takes a toll on the heart and arteries ...
Doctors: Rheumatoid Arthritis Affects Heart Disease RiskFOX 21 Online
Doctor advises increased activity for rheumatoid arthritis sufferersKPLC-TV

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Rheumatoid arthritis patients are using medical marijuana — Here's why - SFGate (blog)


SFGate (blog)

Rheumatoid arthritis patients are using medical marijuana — Here's why
SFGate (blog)
There is a large body of both pre-clinical and patient-reported support for the use of cannabinoid therapy for both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. A few clinical trials also exist. The active ingredients in marijuana —“cannabinoids” like THC ...

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Even with Vaccination, Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Are Still Vulnerable to ... - Healthline


Healthline

Even with Vaccination, Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Are Still Vulnerable to ...
Healthline
Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) could still be at risk for hepatitis B infection despite vaccination. That was the conclusion of a study in which a majority of RA patients tested were not protected by the hepatitis B vaccination, according to a ...

Rheumatoid arthritis: Debunking the obesity–mortality paradox in RA - Nature.com


Nature.com

Rheumatoid arthritis: Debunking the obesity–mortality paradox in RA
Nature.com
An inverse relationship between BMI and risk of death has been noted in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Does being overweight or obese really have a favourable effect on mortality in these individuals, or could other factors explain the association?
Low Body Mass Index Increases Risk for Premature Death in Rheumatoid Arthritis ...MD Magazine
Increasingly Crowded Market for Second-Line Therapies Improving Treatment ...Virtual Press Office (press release)

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