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


Salty Foods May Double Smokers' Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Title: Salty Foods May Double Smokers' Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis Category: Health News Created: 9/12/2014 12:36:00 PM Last Editorial Review: 9/15/2014 12:00:00 AM

The Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug Market Will Grow to $18.2 Billion in 2023, Driven by the Uptake of Oral Jak Inhibitors ...

BURLINGTON, Mass., Sept. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Decision Resources Group finds that the rheumatoid arthritis (RA) disease-modifying antirheumatic drug market will increase from $14 billion in 2013 to over $18.2 billion in 2023 in the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and Japan. TNF-alpha inhibitors will remain the leading drug class in both sales and patient ...

While the Overall Use of Rheumatoid Arthritis Biologics Remains Stable in the Major European Markets, Newer Agents are ...

BURLINGTON, Mass., Sept. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Decision Resources Group finds that the percentage of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients treated with a biologic agent by rheumatologists has remained relatively constant since 2012 in the major European markets (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom).

Many Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients May Skip Meds: Study

Title: Many Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients May Skip Meds: Study Category: Health News Created: 9/3/2014 5:35:00 PM Last Editorial Review: 9/4/2014 12:00:00 AM

Press Release

BURLINGTON Mass. Sept. 16 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Decision Resources Group finds that the percentage of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients treated with a biologic agent by rheumatologists has remained relatively constant since 2012 in the major European markets (France Germany Italy Spain and the United Kingdom).

Infusion Center of Denver, Arthritis Foundation Rocky Mountain Chapter Team Up with Globetrotter Star to Help ...

The Infusion Center of Denver, LLC in partnership with the Arthritis Foundation Rocky Mountain Chapter is hosting an educational event for rheumatoid arthritis patients. The event features retired Harlem Globetrotter legend Michael Douglas and takes place Saturday, September 13, 2014, from noon until 3:30 p.m.

Blocking Single Receptor Could Halt Rheumatoid Arthritis

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine have shown for the first time how the activation of a receptor provokes the inflammation and bone degradation of rheumatoid arthritis -- and that activation of this one receptor, found on cells in the fluid of arthritic joints, is all that is required.

Researchers show how activation of receptor provokes bone degradation of rheumatoid arthritis

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine have shown for the first time how the activation of a receptor provokes the inflammation and bone degradation of rheumatoid arthritis -- and that activation of this one receptor, found on cells in the fluid of arthritic joints, is all that is required.

Conversant Bio Releases RA E-Book

Conversant Bio, a global leader in supplying the highest-quality human tissue and viable cell samples, today announced it is publishing a guide detailing the basics of rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, for ...

CORRECTING and REPLACING Infusion Center of Denver, Arthritis Foundation Rocky Mountain Chapter Team Up with ...

The time of the educational event mentioned in the first paragraph is from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. .

Salty Foods May Double Smokers' Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis – WebMD - WebMD


Salty Foods May Double Smokers' Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis – WebMD
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The investigators found no significant link between salt intake alone and the development of rheumatoid arthritis in any of the patients. They did find, however, a link between high salt intake and a more than doubled risk for rheumatoid arthritis in ...

The Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug Market Will Grow to $18.2 Billion in 2023 ... - MarketWatch


The Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug Market Will Grow to $18.2 Billion in 2023 ...
MarketWatch
BURLINGTON, Mass., Sept. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Decision Resources Group finds that the rheumatoid arthritis (RA) disease-modifying antirheumatic drug market will increase from $14 billion in 2013 to over $18.2 billion in 2023 in the United States, ...

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Salty Foods May Double Smokers' Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis - U.S. News & World Report


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FRIDAY, Sept. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Consuming too much salt may more than double a smoker's risk of developing the painful inflammatory disease known as rheumatoid arthritis, a new study finds. Researchers in Sweden said the interaction ...
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Nutrition for Rheumatoid Arthritis and Ankylosing Spondylitis - Huffington Post


Nutrition for Rheumatoid Arthritis and Ankylosing Spondylitis
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This month, I would like to talk about rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis. Last month, we discussed gout and osteoarthritis, which are two other rheumatological diseases. But the thing that these four disease states have in common are that ...

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Deactivating a cell protein may halt progress of rheumatoid arthritis - Medical News Today


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Deactivating a cell protein may halt progress of rheumatoid arthritis
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Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that leads to inflammation and bone erosion in the joints. One of the hallmarks is swelling and pain caused by white blood cells flooding into the fluid around the joints. Now researchers have shown for the ...
Blocking one receptor could halt rheumatoid arthritisMedical Xpress
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Roche Gets EU Approval for Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug - Wall Street Journal


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Roche Gets EU Approval for Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug
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The approval followed a study which showed patients who received RoACTEMRA either on its own or together with another drug called MTX prevented more structural joint damage than the use of MTX on its own. The early stage rheumatoid arthritis approval ...
Roche's RoACTEMRA gets European approval to treat early rheumatoid arthritisPharmaceutical Business Review
Roche's Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug Wins EU ApprovalBusiness Insider Australia

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Anti-inflammatory treatment could slow bone loss in early rheumatoid arthritis - Family Practice News Digital Network


Anti-inflammatory treatment could slow bone loss in early rheumatoid arthritis
Family Practice News Digital Network
Key clinical point: Aggressive anti-inflammatory treatment correlated with slowed bone loss in patients with early rheumatoid arthritis. Major finding: Average use of biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs rose from 18.5% during the first 2 ...

Many Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients May Skip Meds: Study – WebMD - WebMD


Many Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients May Skip Meds: Study – WebMD
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The study included 286 patients who had rheumatoid arthritis for seven years and had been prescribed anti-TNF drugs, which cost about $13,000 to $20,000 a year per patient. Anti-TNF drugs include etanercept (Enbrel), adalimumab (Humira) and ...

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Doctor's Diagnosis: Rheumatoid arthritis - Newsday


Doctor's Diagnosis: Rheumatoid arthritis
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Rheumatoid arthritis is a very specific disease. It is an auto immune disease, where — for unknown reasons — the immune system attacks and destroys healthy tissue. In this case, the linings of various joints are the targets. Like many autoimmune ...

Cartilage Contributes to Arthritis: Study Finds This Discovery Could Help in ... - International Business Times AU


International Business Times AU

Cartilage Contributes to Arthritis: Study Finds This Discovery Could Help in ...
International Business Times AU
This discovery was made while Dr. Tommy Liu, Professor Ian Wicks, Dr Kate Lawlor, Dr Ben Croker and colleagues from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute were studying how the protein SOCS3 controls inflammation during rheumatoid arthritis. According to ...
When Remodeling Is Destruction: How Cartilage Contributes To ArthritisScience 2.0
How Chiropractic Can Help Shoulder Arthritis SufferersValpoLife.com

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