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


Arthritis patients failing to take expensive medication, according to new research

Large numbers of people with severe rheumatoid arthritis are failing to take expensive medication as prescribed, according to a new multicenter study led by researchers in Manchester.

Why some patients don't get Alzheimer's

 new study may help scientists unlock a medical mystery. Researchers have found that rheumatoid arthritis patients seem to have protection from developing Alzheimer's disease. The scientific link between the two may help researchers develop a new treatment for Alzheimer's.

Many people with severe rheumatoid arthritis failing to take expensive medication

Large numbers of people with severe rheumatoid arthritis are failing to take expensive medication as prescribed, according to a new multi-centre study led by researchers in Manchester.

Novel Biomarker Detects Early Rheumatoid Arthritis Better than Conventional Methods Alone, According to Journal of ...

MADISON, N.J., Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A novel biomarker for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has significant potential to help physicians better identify early-stage disease, when treatment can often arrest further disease progression and disability, according to a new study in The Journal of Rheumatology. Researchers from Quest Diagnostics (DGX) and other institutions found that elevated blood ...

New biomarker may improve diagnosis of early-stage rheumatoid arthritis

A novel biomarker for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has significant potential to help physicians better identify early-stage disease, when treatment can often arrest further disease progression and disability, according to a new study in The Journal of Rheumatology.

Study may unlock link between rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer's disease.

A new study may help scientists unlock a medical mystery - a scientific link between rheumatoid arthritis and Alzheimer's disease.

Press Release

Roche and Chugai Ltd. Posted on: 11 Aug 14 14:01 GMT, 11 August 2014 , Welwyn Garden City – Today a new subcutaneous formulation of RoActemra® (tocilizumab) has been accepted for use on the NHS in Scotland for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA).[ii] This announcement by the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC), which advises NHS Scotland on prescribing new treatments, means that patients ...

Curing rheumatoid arthritis in mice: Antibody-based delivery of IL4

With a new therapeutic product, researchers have managed to cure arthritis in mice for the first time. The scientists are now planning to test the efficacy of the drug in humans. Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition that causes painful inflammation of several joints in the body. The joint capsule becomes swollen, and the disease can also destroy cartilage and bone as it progresses. Rheumatoid ...

Novel therapy takes rheumatoid arthritis treatment in mice to a new level

Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition that causes painful inflammation of several joints in the body. The joint capsule becomes swollen, and the disease can also destroy cartilage and bone as it progresses. Rheumatoid arthritis affects 0.5% to 1% of the world's population. Up to this point, doctors have used various drugs to slow or stop the progression of the disease.

Cognitive-Behavioral Coping Skills Training Has Positive Effects on Rheumatoid Arthritis

A team of researchers from Wayne State University and collaborators from Duke University Medical Center recently published a paper in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology that explores two psychological interventions separately and in combination to determine their effectiveness in offering relief to RA patients.

Most Patients Fail To Take Medication for Rheumatoid Arthritis, Study - University Herald


University Herald

Most Patients Fail To Take Medication for Rheumatoid Arthritis, Study
University Herald
Rheumatoid arthritis, affecting around 400,000 people in the UK, causes inflammation in the joints and painful immobility in fingers, feet, ankles and wrist. The anti-TNF therapies that block the tumour necrosis factor (TNF) pathway in the inflammatory ...
Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis Fail to Take Expensive MedicationScience World Report

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Novel Biomarker Detects Early Rheumatoid Arthritis Better than Conventional ... - MarketWatch


Novel Biomarker Detects Early Rheumatoid Arthritis Better than Conventional ...
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27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A novel biomarker for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has significant potential to help physicians better identify early-stage disease, when treatment can often arrest further disease progression and disability, according to a new ...

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Why do people with rheumatoid arthritis rarely get Alzheimer's? - WNDU-TV


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Why do people with rheumatoid arthritis rarely get Alzheimer's?
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Researchers have found that rheumatoid arthritis patients seem to have protection from developing Alzheimer's disease. And, the scientific link between the two may help researchers develop a new treatment for Alzheimer's. Looking at pictures is just ...
Reverse Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Rheumatoid Arthritis with ashwaganda ...The Raw Food World News
Alzheimer's/Arthritis LinkWTAJ

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Fusion molecule found to cure rheumatoid arthritis in mice - Gizmag


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Fusion molecule found to cure rheumatoid arthritis in mice
Gizmag
While advances have been made in treating rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease causing inflammation of joints in the body, scientists are yet to develop a cure for the disease. But researchers from ETH Zurich, Switzerland have developed a new ...
Novel therapy takes rheumatoid arthritis treatment in mice to a new levelNews-Medical.net
Swiss research team cures arthritis in miceswissinfo.ch
New drug cures arthritis in mice, to be tested on humansTimes of India
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New biomarker has potential to better identify early-stage rheumatoid arthritis - News-Medical.net


New biomarker has potential to better identify early-stage rheumatoid arthritis
News-Medical.net
A novel biomarker for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has significant potential to help physicians better identify early-stage disease, when treatment can often arrest further disease progression and disability, according to a new study in The Journal of ...

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Rebuilding Together provides relief for Kearney woman with rheumatoid arthritis - The Kearney Courier


Rebuilding Together provides relief for Kearney woman with rheumatoid arthritis
The Kearney Courier
Jeanette Santucci stands in front of her walk-in bathtub that Rebuilding Together Clay County and Kearney groups helped install in her home. The tub has several jets that help her manage her rheumatoid arthritis, which causes her joints to swell.

Many people with severe rheumatoid arthritis failing to take expensive medication - News-Medical.net


Many people with severe rheumatoid arthritis failing to take expensive medication
News-Medical.net
Large numbers of people with severe rheumatoid arthritis are failing to take expensive medication as prescribed, according to a new multi-centre study led by researchers in Manchester. Twenty seven per cent of rheumatoid arthritis patients in the study ...

For Better Health: Living with rheumatoid arthritis - The Sentinel


For Better Health: Living with rheumatoid arthritis
The Sentinel
I checked out the National Institutes of Health (NIH) website and learned that rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that affects your joints, causing pain, stiffness and swelling. Several joints can be affected at once. RA is systemic. If ...

Specialized Psychotherapy Shown to Help Those with Rheumatoid Arthritis - PsychCentral.com


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Specialized Psychotherapy Shown to Help Those with Rheumatoid Arthritis
PsychCentral.com
New research from Wayne State and Duke universities suggests a non-pharmaceutical approach can help individuals cope with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RA is a serious autoimmune disease that affects one to two percent of adults, a painful condition that ...

Cure for rheumatoid arthritis on the way! - TheHealthSite


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Cure for rheumatoid arthritis on the way!
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arthritis-pain People suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, one of the most pain forms of arthritis that causes inflammation of the joints, now find a ray of hope to get rid of it forever. A breakthrough study reveals an active compound that ...
Osteoarthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis: Which Kind Do You Have?EmpowHer
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Tips to help manage joint painMuncie Star Press

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Swine flu detected at Vic prison

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Service rocked by flu

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Swine flu returns with a vengeance

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Swine Flu Epidemic Hits Australia

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Jail in lockdown over swine flu cases

PRISONERS are in lockdown amid fears swine flu could spread throughout a Victorian jail. Corrections Victoria confirmed five prisoners have been isolated in their cells.

Swine flu cases rising in Australia

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Veteran says he was arrested, kicked out of Grady Hospital

A veteran claims he went to Grady Memorial Hospital with serious flu symptoms and security guards kicked him out and called police to arrest him. Grady officials say their investigation tells a very different story.   The man now plans to sue Grady Hospital for the treatment he allegedly got from security guards.   Byran Jones said he battled swine flu earlier this year.   "My whole internal ...

Canberra doctors home in on after-hours care as flu season reaches peak

More than 400 house calls have been made in Canberra in just one week.

Prison lockdown after inmates test positive to swine flu - Herald Sun


Prison lockdown after inmates test positive to swine flu
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Known as influenza A (H1N1) the virus was labelled a pandemic in 2009 after it spread quickly around the world infecting thousands of people. It carries extreme flu-like symptoms and can be contagious for up to seven days. alex.white@news.com.au.

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The Swine Flu You Can Get From American County Fairs - Popular Science


The Swine Flu You Can Get From American County Fairs
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Swine are susceptible to avian, human and swine flus, and these virus can circulate inside pigs for varying lengths of time with no signs of illness. This makes them great meet-markets for flu viruses to exchange genetic material. The H1N1 flu that ...

40-year-old woman succumbs to swine flu - Times of India


40-year-old woman succumbs to swine flu
Times of India
PUNE: A 40-year-old woman from Bidar died of swine flu on Saturday taking the city's H1N1 death toll to six this year, so far. Four persons have succumbed to the infection in the last three days. A total of 19 people have been diagnosed with H1N1 ...
Man succumbs to H1N1 virus in VadodaraIndian Express

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Swine flu detected at Vic prison - NEWS.com.au


Swine flu detected at Vic prison
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SWINE flu has been detected in a Victorian prison, sending five prisoners into lockdown. THE inmates have been isolated in their cells at the medium security Marngoneet Correction Centre near Geelong after testing positive to swine flu. A Corrections ...

H1N1 Virus or Swine Flu Continues to Spread in Australia; Young and Elderly ... - International Business Times AU


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H1N1 Virus or Swine Flu Continues to Spread in Australia; Young and Elderly ...
International Business Times AU
The swine flu is back in Australia as it infects those who are young and healthy with a vengeance. Reports said more than 21,000 Australians were affected with the H1N1 virus within the year as cases increased by 36 per cent compared to same period in ...
Swine flu or H1N1 virus sweeping across AustraliaNEWS.com.au
Swine flu resurgence this winter, double last year's numbersABC Online
Swine flu epidemic hits AustraliaXinhua
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Four swine flu patients critical - Times of India


Four swine flu patients critical
Times of India
PUNE: Four swine flu patients admitted to different hospitals in the city are critically ill and have been put on ventilator support. Two of them are from the city (Kondhwa and Pimpri) while the other two are from adjoining districts who were brought ...

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Fewer swine flu cases, but Maharashtra's mortality rate high - Times of India


Fewer swine flu cases, but Maharashtra's mortality rate high
Times of India
Pune, the epicentre of the swine flu infection in 2009 when the virus was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation, reported the maximum cases of infection (19) in the state. Mumbai and Nashik recorded nine positive cases each. Kolhapur ...

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Prisoners in lockdown over swine flu scare - 9news.com.au


Prisoners in lockdown over swine flu scare
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“Following the advice of medical professionals, prisoner movements at Marngoneet have been restricted to prevent the spread of a flu-like illness,” he said. “Medical professionals are monitoring the health of prisoners to ensure that further spread of ...

Patient isolated after tests confirm they have swine flu - Timaru Herald


Patient isolated after tests confirm they have swine flu
Timaru Herald
The Ministry of Health website sets out the groups at a higher risk of developing complications if they get swine flu, as pregnant women and women who have just given birth, people with an ongoing health condition (like asthma, diabetes, cancer, a ...

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Scientists retract explanation for narcolepsy-swine flu vaccine link - World Magazine


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Scientists retract explanation for narcolepsy-swine flu vaccine link
World Magazine
Scientists hoping to explain how a swine flu vaccine caused narcolepsy among Europeans may have to dream on. Stanford University researchers have retracted a major study they authored last year that sought to explain why some people, especially ...



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