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


Molecule that causes rheumatoid arthritis discovered

Tokyo, Oct 24 (IANS) Japanese researchers have identified one of the substances that cause rheumatoid arthritis, an unprecedented finding that could eventually lead to a cure for the disease, media reported Friday.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk Associated With Pregnancy

Rheumatoid arthritis risk among women has always been higher than men, and now a new study finds that women who carry babies could be getting rheumatoid arthritis much more often. Rheumatoid arthritis has been tied to many factors, including lifestyle …

Treatments vary for differing forms of arthritis

Mary Uptain remembers severe aches and pains that stumped doctors until she went to Birmingham in the middle of a flare-up, which doctors labeled Rheumatoid Arthritis.

In autoimmune diseases affecting millions, researchers pinpoint genetic risks, cellular culprits

Scores of autoimmune diseases afflicting one in 12 Americans -- ranging from type 1 diabetes, to multiple sclerosis (MS), to rheumatoid arthritis, to asthma -- mysteriously cause the immune system to harm tissues within our own bodies. Now, a new study pinpoints the complex genetic origins for many of these diseases, a discovery that may lead to better diagnosis and ultimately to improved ...

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

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.

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Arthritis is common, but treating it is often not so simple

Non-drug options can cut the risk of dangerous side effects and result in better long-term control.

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.

9 natural remedies for rheumatoid arthritis - Today.com


9 natural remedies for rheumatoid arthritis
Today.com
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks the membranes that line the joints and causes inflammation. There's no cure for this chronic condition, and the drugs used to control symptoms—serious pain, swelling and even ...

Natural Ways To Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis - The Inquisitr


The Inquisitr

Natural Ways To Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis
The Inquisitr
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic, often painful inflammatory disorder that most often affects the small joints in the hands and feet. Rheumatoid arthritis can cause severe pain, swelling, joint stiffness, and even result in loss of movement and range ...

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 ...

6 Warning Signs of Rheumatoid Arthritis - Everyday Health


6 Warning Signs of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Everyday Health
RA is a serious autoimmune disease that is much different from osteoarthritis, the type that usually occurs as we age. Rheumatoid arthritis can strike at any age, and if you don't get diagnosed and treated, you could develop painful crippling and ...

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 ...

Child's Genes Affect Mom's Risk for Rheumatoid Arthritis - Medscape


Child's Genes Affect Mom's Risk for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Medscape
SAN DIEGO — Children's genes might increase their mothers' risk for rheumatoid arthritis, a new study shows. The finding could change the way physicians look at family history when advising women who are planning to conceive. "You could ask the ...

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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 ...

Researchers identify new cell signaling pathway thought to play role in ... - Science Codex


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

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Diet and Rheumatoid Arthritis Development - Medscape


Diet and Rheumatoid Arthritis Development
Medscape
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a chronic autoimmune disease, is related to both genetic and environmental factors. Among environmental factors, only smoking can be considered as an established risk factor for RA, while mixed results have been observed ...

Rheumatoid arthritis Anti-TNF and anti-IL-17 antibodies—better together! - Nature.com


Rheumatoid arthritis Anti-TNF and anti-IL-17 antibodies—better together!
Nature.com
Combined blockade of TNF and IL-17 could be a therapeutic approach for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who fail to respond, or who lose responsiveness, to single-cytokine inhibition, according to a paper now published in Arthritis & Rheumatology.


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Current Swine Flu and Contraindication News and Information

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Jaslok death: Swine flu or bacterial?

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Flu Vaccine: Give It A Shot?

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Swedish farmers contracted swine flu

A human strain of the swine flu virus normally only found in pigs was discovered in Sweden earlier this year, the country's Public Health Agency has revealed.

Vaccine no match for rogue flu strain

A rogue flu strain has surfaced in New Zealand, infecting even those who have had their annual vaccination.

Flu shows up early on WSU Pullman campus

The first case of influenza was diagnosed for the season in late September on the Pullman campus of WSU.

More Marylanders seek flu shots amid Ebola outbreak

Call it the Ebola effect. A lot more Marylanders are volunteering for that shot in the arm that may protect them from the flu this year.

Why your Ebola-like symptoms are probably the flu

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Why Outbreaks Breed Hysteria

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

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Alert in Madhya Pradesh after first swine flu death in Bhopal - Hindustan Times


Alert in Madhya Pradesh after first swine flu death in Bhopal
Hindustan Times
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Woman dies of swine flu, first case of the year - Times of India


Woman dies of swine flu, first case of the year
Times of India
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Twenty people hospitalized for flu in Wisconsin, 1st H3N2v 'swine flu' case ... - Outbreak News Today


Outbreak News Today

Twenty people hospitalized for flu in Wisconsin, 1st H3N2v 'swine flu' case ...
Outbreak News Today
In addition, Wisconsin reported the country's first influenza A (H3N2) variant (H3N2v) virus in a person who reported close contact with swine in the week prior to illness onset. The 2014-2015 influenza season began on September 28, 2014. H3N2v is a ...

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Jaslok death: Swine flu or bacterial? - Daily News & Analysis


Daily News & Analysis

Jaslok death: Swine flu or bacterial?
Daily News & Analysis
Mystery shrouds the death of a 70-year-old Nanded resident after he died in Jaslok hospital on Sunday. The deceased was admitted in the isolation ward on October 1 after he was diagonised with H1N1 (swine flu). The deceased (name withheld) was said to ...

Poll: Americans More Worried About Ebola Than They Were Swine Flu - Breitbart News


Breitbart News

Poll: Americans More Worried About Ebola Than They Were Swine Flu
Breitbart News
A new poll reveals that Americans are more worried today about Ebola than they were at the height of the H1N1, Swine Flu outbreak in 2009 with one fifth of respondents worried that they could contract the deadly African virus. But respondents were even ...

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Friday A/V Club: Vintage Swine Flu PSAs - Reason (blog)


Reason (blog)

Friday A/V Club: Vintage Swine Flu PSAs
Reason (blog)
As New York gears up for a new round of Ebola dread, here's an artifact from one of yesteryear's epidemic fears: a pair of public service announcements from the swine flu outbreak of 1976. I especially like the second one, which starts about 30 seconds ...

WHO admits fudging Ebola response, blames 'incompetent staff', swine flu ... - RT


RT

WHO admits fudging Ebola response, blames 'incompetent staff', swine flu ...
RT
The World Health Organization (WHO) has admitted that its initial response to the Ebola outbreak was slow and disorganized, blaming a lack of information sharing, incompetent staff and the negative experience in the Swine Flu pandemic of 2009. In a ...
Why your Ebola-like symptoms are probably the fluPBS NewsHour
Behind the hysteria surrounding EbolaNew York Post

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Why Outbreaks Breed Hysteria - The Atlantic


The Atlantic

Why Outbreaks Breed Hysteria
The Atlantic
Public concern about the disease, commonly referred to as swine flu, was rightfully swelling. Though nowhere near as deadly as the current Ebola outbreak in Africa, H1N1 infected 60.8 million people in the United States, resulting in 12,469 fatalities.

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Swedish farmers contracted swine flu - The Local.se


The Local.se

Swedish farmers contracted swine flu
The Local.se
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 ...

Baramati resident dies of swine flu - Times of India


Baramati resident dies of swine flu
Times of India
His throat swab, sent to a private laboratory on September 26, tested positive for swine flu on September 29. He was shifted to the city's Inamdar Hospital for tertiary care on September 28 and was kept on ventilator support as his condition kept ...



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