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

 

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Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation and pain in the joint parts of the body. Rheumatoid Arthritis commonly affects the joints in the feet, hips, knees, and hands. Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease ...

Human Microbiome and Rheumatoid Arthritis: How Are They Connected? - EmpowHer


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Human Microbiome and Rheumatoid Arthritis: How Are They Connected?
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Research has been shining new light on the human microbiome as a possible factor in who gets rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune illnesses. The microbiome is the collection of microbes that have residence in our gastrointestinal tracts.

Living With Rheumatoid Arthritis? Ways to Reduce the Pain - EmpowHer


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Living With Rheumatoid Arthritis? Ways to Reduce the Pain
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Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and pain in the joints. In autoimmune diseases, the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue, causing damage, pain and swelling. The damage usually starts in the lining of ...

Can You Get Rheumatoid Arthritis at Any Age? - EmpowHer


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Can You Get Rheumatoid Arthritis at Any Age?
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Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that affects the lining of the smaller joints in the body, such as the hands or feet. The inflamed joints can become painful and swollen, leading to their deformation. RA most commonly occurs in those over ...

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Statins May Cut All-Cause Mortality - Medscape


Rheumatoid Arthritis: Statins May Cut All-Cause Mortality
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Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who began taking statins had significantly lower all-cause mortality than those who did not take statins in a general population-based cohort study published online August 5 in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis: 4 Warning Signs to Look Out for - EmpowHer


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Rheumatoid Arthritis: 4 Warning Signs to Look Out for
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This is another symptom of arthritis. It is a good one to share with your doctor to make sure you are not confusing it with another illness or an injury. 3) A constant feeling of fatigue or tiredness is a symptom of many chronic diseases. However, in ...

Subcutaneous vs. Oral Methotrexate for Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis - MD Magazine


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Researchers from Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City included 666 patients in multicenter prospective cohort study designed to determine the comparative effectiveness of oral versus subcutaneous methotrexate as initial therapy for early RA ...


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