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


Children's genes affect their mothers' risk of rheumatoid arthritis

A child's genetic makeup may contribute to his or her mother's risk of rheumatoid arthritis, possibly explaining why women are at higher risk of developing the disease than men, experts say.

Father of woman's children may determine her risk of rheumatoid arthritis: study

Women may develop rheumatoid arthritis if they have babies with men carrying high risk genes, it has been suggested

Fetus's arthritis genes can affect the mother

Stowaway DNA which seeps from fetuses to their mothers may raise their risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, and dads may be to blame

Children 'can boost arthritis risk'

A woman's children can increase her risk of rheumatoid arthritis, research suggests.

Kids' genes put mothers at risk of joints disease

New York, Oct 20 (IANS) Having children with certain genetic makeup, inherited from the father, increases the mother's risk of rheumatoid arthritis - a chronic disorder that affects joints, says a new study.

Children can raise risk of mother’s rheumatoid arthritis

A woman’s children can increase her risk of rheumatoid arthritis, research suggests.

Kid's genetic makeup may increase mother's rheumatoid arthritis risk

Washington, Oct 20 (ANI): A new study has revealed that a child's genetic makeup may contribute to his or her mother's risk of rheumatoid arthritis.

Having Children Can Increase A Mother's Risk Of Suffering Rheumatoid Arthritis

If you weren't already put off by your friend's horrific tales of childbirth or the noisy baby next door, there's a new reason why having children could actually affect your health . Children can increase a woman's risk of rheumatoid arthritis , according to scientists. Foetal cells from an unborn baby may remain in a mother's body for decades and trigger an immune reaction linked to the disease ...

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Researchers identify new signaling pathway thought to play role in rheumatoid ... - Medical Xpress


Researchers identify new signaling pathway thought to play role in rheumatoid ...
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A new study by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) identifies a new signaling pathway that contributes to the development and progression of inflammatory bone erosion, which occurs in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Rheumatoid ...

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Father of woman's children may determine her risk of rheumatoid arthritis: study - Telegraph.co.uk


Telegraph.co.uk

Father of woman's children may determine her risk of rheumatoid arthritis: study
Telegraph.co.uk
Rheumatoid arthritis affects 580,000 people in England and Wales. Women are three times more likely to develop the condition than men and the team at University of California Berkeley believe the presence of certain high risk cells in the free fetal ...
Children's genes affect their mothers' risk of rheumatoid arthritisMedical Xpress
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Xeljanz: A Blessing or a Curse for Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients? - Healthline


Xeljanz: A Blessing or a Curse for Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients?
Healthline
Treatment options can seem overwhelming to people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or other rheumatic conditions. From pain medications to disease-modifying drugs, immunosuppressants, NSAIDs, and an ever-expanding list of biologic drugs, the number of ...

NIH grants go to research in rheumatoid arthritis, lupus - Pittsburgh Post Gazette


NIH grants go to research in rheumatoid arthritis, lupus
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Grants to pursue a new direction in research for treating rheumatoid arthritis and lupus were handed out late last month by the National Institutes of Health to support work being done at 11 research centers across the country, including rheumatology ...

Wright State Physicians offer rheumatoid arthritis education - Xenia Gazette


Wright State Physicians offer rheumatoid arthritis education
Xenia Gazette
FAIRBORN — Wright State Physicians Orthopaedics will offer an educational session, “New Insights into Diagnosis and Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, in classroom 1 in the Wright State Physicians Health Center.

How a Physical Therapist Manages Her Own Rheumatoid Arthritis - Everyday Health


How a Physical Therapist Manages Her Own Rheumatoid Arthritis
Everyday Health
Within a few weeks she was experiencing rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. “There's no rheumatoid arthritis or arthritis at all in my family,” she said. She's never found a good explanation of how or why her RA began. She credits her training in physical ...

EnLyteRx: Folate Supplementation Helps Combat Issues In Methotrexate ... - DigitalJournal.com


EnLyteRx: Folate Supplementation Helps Combat Issues In Methotrexate ...
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Over one million people in the U.S. suffer from rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an autoimmune disease marked by pain, swelling, and stiffness in the joints. The most common first line treatment for RA is methotrexate, a prescription medication belonging to ...

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URMC Joins NIH Network Dedicated to Finding New Treatments for Rheumatoid ... - University of Rochester Newsroom


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URMC Joins NIH Network Dedicated to Finding New Treatments for Rheumatoid ...
University of Rochester Newsroom
The University of Rochester Medical Center is one of 11 research groups across the country chosen by the National Institutes of Health to join the NIH Accelerating Medicines Partnership in Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus Network. The new program is a ...
New NIH Network Will Support Development of Novel Treatments for ...HCPLive
NIH announces network to accelerate medicines for rheumatoid arthritis and lupusPhys.Org
UC San Diego Part of New Effort to Fight Autoimmune DisordersUCSD Medical Center
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Stanford scientists awarded $18 million to accelerate rheumatoid arthritis ... - Stanford Medical Center Report


Stanford Medical Center Report

Stanford scientists awarded $18 million to accelerate rheumatoid arthritis ...
Stanford Medical Center Report
The NIH is funding a total of 11 research groups nationwide to establish the Accelerating Medicines Partnership in Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus Network. NIH director Francis Collins, MD, PhD, who initiated the five-year, $41.6 million program ...
NIH names Accelerating Medicines Partnership in Rheumatoid Arthritis and ...Healio
Himalayan Plant Gives Hope to Treat ArthritisMENAFN.COM

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Finding new path to treating rheumatoid arthritis - Baylor College of Medicine News (press release)


Finding new path to treating rheumatoid arthritis
Baylor College of Medicine News (press release)
Fibroblast-like synoviocytes, cell types located inside most joints, are used by researchers to investigate rheumatoid arthritis. A small molecule blocked a cellular channel called KCa1.1, which is known to exist at high levels in rheumatoid arthritis ...


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Swedish farmers contracted swine flu
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She added that this particular flu strain (a variant of H1N2) was not among the most dangerous but said that monitoring the virus remained extremely important, because other mild viruses have gone on to cause epidemics. The swine flu discovery was made ...

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Poll: Americans More Worried About Ebola Than They Were Swine Flu
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News of a third Ebola case in Dallas is adding fire to a growing Ebola panic. A Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that almost two-thirds of Americans are concerned about a widespread Ebola epidemic in the United States. Federal officials are worried too.
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Ebola is bad. But the flu is worse. - Politico


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Ebola is bad. But the flu is worse.
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Baramati resident dies of swine flu - Times of India


Baramati resident dies of swine flu
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In three years, swine flu claimed 300 lives in state - Times of India


In three years, swine flu claimed 300 lives in state
Times of India
MUMBAI: Swine flu may be dormant in the city but it has claimed over 300 lives in the state over the last three years. A 70-year-old Nanded resident, who is fighting the infection at a south Mumbai hospital, is an example of how the virus is lurking in ...

30-year-old Manchar man dies of swine flu - Times of India


30-year-old Manchar man dies of swine flu
Times of India
PUNE: A 30-year-old man from Manchar, around 60km from here, succumbed to swine flu on Wednesday, taking the city's H1N1 death toll to 11 so far this year. The victim, Santosh Pokharkar, a resident of Pimpalgaon in Manchar (Pune district), complained ...

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Shirdi civic employee dies of swine flu - Mumbai Mirror


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Shirdi civic employee dies of swine flu
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Swine flu was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization in 2009. The disease has claimed over 300 lives in the state over the past three years. According a report, swine flu has killed more people than malaria and dengue in Maharashtra since ...
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