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


Chronic fatigue and rheumatoid arthritis: an interview with Ailsa Bosworth, CE, National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society

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Global Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs Market 2014-2018

NEW YORK, July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Global Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs Market 2014-2018 http://www.reportlinker.com/p0819249/Global-Rheumatoid-Arthritis-Drugs-Market-2014-2018.html ...

Dr. Keith Roach: Rheumatoid arthritis in HIV-positive patient treatable

Dear Dr. Roach: I am 49 years old and fairly healthy. I've been HIV-positive for over 20 years and have diabetes. My HIV doctor told me that my rheumatoid factor was 112, and said to see a rheumatologist. He told me that the shot for arthritis isn't good for me because my immune system is not healthy. What do you think?

Study Linked EBV to Arthritis; CBCD Reviews the Medical Evidence and Recommends Two Natural EBV Remedies

The Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) can cause “autoimmune diseases (e.g. multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis (RA),” according to a study published in Immune Network in February 2014. (1) The CBCD reviews the study and recommends Novirin or Gene-Eden-VIR against the latent EBV. (PRWeb July 23, 2014) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/07/prweb12036471.htm

How to treat RA in an HIV-positive patient

Dear Dr. Roach: I am 49 years old and fairly healthy. I've been HIV-positive for over 20 years and have diabetes. My HIV doctor told me that my rheumatoid factor was 112, and said to see a rheumatologist. He told me that the shot for arthritis isn't good for me because my immune system is not healthy. What do you think?

CEL-SCI Presents Rheumatoid Arthritis Data at the 12th Vaccines Research & Development: All Things Considered Conference

CEL-SCI Corporation , a late-stage oncology company, announced today that Daniel Zimmerman, Ph.D., its Senior Vice President of Research, Cellular Immunology, delive

TiGenix announces the clinical development of Cx611 in early rheumatoid arthritis and severe sepsis

Regulated information 30 June, 2014 TiGenix announces the clinical development of Cx611 in early rheumatoid arthritis and severe sepsis Leuven, Belgium - 30 June, 2014 - TiGenix NV (Euronext Brussels: ...

Dr. Roach: How to treat arthritis in HIV-positive patient

Dear Dr. Roach: I am 49 years old and fairly healthy. I've been HIV-positive for more than 20 years and have diabetes. My HIV doctor told me my rheumatoid factor was 112, and said to see a rheumatologist.

CEL-SCI Receives $225,000 NIH Research Grant to Develop Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

CEL-SCI Corporation announced today that it has been awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research grant in the amount of $225,000 from the National Institute of Arthritis Muscoskeletal and Skin Diseases , which is part of the National Institutes of Health .

Paddison Program For Rheumatoid Arthritis Review | Creating a Definite Cure for Arthritis – Vinamy

Paddison Program For Rheumatoid Arthritis is a new product created by Clint Paddison and is aimed at helping people treat their rheumatoid arthritis by curing it for good. A full review of Paddison Program For Rheumatoid Arthritis on the website Vinamy.com points out whether the kit really works or not. (PRWeb July 10, 2014) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/paddison-program ...

Dr. Keith Roach: Rheumatoid arthritis in HIV-positive patient treatable - Herald & Review


Dr. Keith Roach: Rheumatoid arthritis in HIV-positive patient treatable
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The most commonly used injection drugs for rheumatic diseases are referred to as TNF inhibitors. Tumor necrosis factor increases inflammation, and people with rheumatic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis tend to have high ...
Your Good Health: HIV patient seeks advice on arthritisTimes Colonist

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Global Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs Market 2014-2018 - MarketWatch


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Global Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs Market 2014-2018
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This report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Global Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs market for the period 2014-2018. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the sales of various drugs used in ...
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How to Save on Rheumatoid Arthritis Medications - NerdWallet (blog)


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How to Save on Rheumatoid Arthritis Medications
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Most people who have rheumatoid arthritis need to take medicine to help reduce symptoms and slow the disease. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that causes your joints to swell, get stiff and painful, and eventually break down–leading many ...

A gut reaction? - Chicago Tribune (blog)


A gut reaction?
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Animal models have long suggested that intestinal bacteria can influence the development of some autoimmune diseases. This may also be the case with rheumatoid arthritis, according to emerging research, a finding that could lead to novel treatments and ...

Sugar sweetened soda linked to seropositive rheumatoid arthritis - Food Consumer


Sugar sweetened soda linked to seropositive rheumatoid arthritis
Food Consumer
The study shows that U.S. women who consumed one or more servings of sugar sweetened soda per day were at 63% more likely to develop seropositive rheumatoid arthritis, compared with those who did not drink the beverage or consumed less than one ...

Chronic fatigue and rheumatoid arthritis: an interview with Ailsa Bosworth, CE ... - News-Medical.net


Chronic fatigue and rheumatoid arthritis: an interview with Ailsa Bosworth, CE ...
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What is chronic fatigue and how many people with rheumatoid arthritis are affected by this symptom? Chronic fatigue is about much more than merely feeling tired and when it is at its worst, people feel unable to do almost anything, so it can impact ...

New Cardiac Risk Calculator for Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis Developed - Doctor Tipster


Doctor Tipster

New Cardiac Risk Calculator for Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis Developed
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Rheumatoid arthritis is a medical condition wherein there is pain and swelling of the joints such as that found in the hands, feet and wrists. It can also bring about damage to other parts of the body. Rheumatoid arthritis can bring about a feeling of ...

CEL-SCI Presents Rheumatoid Arthritis Data at the 12th Vaccines Research ... - MarketWatch


CEL-SCI Presents Rheumatoid Arthritis Data at the 12th Vaccines Research ...
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The presentation entitled “The next generation of Rheumatoid Arthritis therapies: What has been learned from therapeutic vaccines for models of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Is IL-17 the real key to new therapies?” discussed the potential role CEL-SCI's LEAPS ...

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Market Report, "Global Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs Market 2014-2018", Published - DigitalJournal.com


Market Report, "Global Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs Market 2014-2018", Published
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This report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Global Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs market for the period 2014-2018. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the sales of various drugs used in ...

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From Paris, New Data on Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis - Medscape


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From Paris, New Data on Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis
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I am Dr. Michael Schiff, reporting from the 2014 European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) Annual Congress of Rheumatology, here in Paris, France. Thank you for joining me today. At many of the congresses, both the American College of ...

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How to detect Swine Flu during particularly active season

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Swine Flu: Illegal Immigrant Child Hospitalized With H1N1

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US-based scientist makes potent version of H1N1 flu

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Scientist creates virulent swine flu virus

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Tipp. Co. fair taking steps to prevent spread of swine flu - wlfi.com


Tipp. Co. fair taking steps to prevent spread of swine flu
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TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – After an increase in swine flu over the past couple of years the Tippecanoe County fair is taking extra precautions to keep you healthy. Molly Roberts has been showing pigs in 4-H for seven years. “It's the most fun ...

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How to detect Swine Flu during particularly active season - New York's PIX11 / WPIX-TV


How to detect Swine Flu during particularly active season
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She had come down the H1N1 virus, or the so-called Swine Flu. She was treated by a treatment known as ECMO – or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation – that uses an external device to oxygenate and remove carbon dioxide from patients' blood, ...

Year's second swine flu death at GMCH - Times of India


Year's second swine flu death at GMCH
Times of India
NAGPUR: A 35-year-old woman, Sushma Mishra, who died in the ICU of the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) on Saturday, has been found to be swine flu positive. This is apparently the second swine flu death from January this year at ...

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Health department has hands full, after dengue comes swine flu alert - Times of India


Health department has hands full, after dengue comes swine flu alert
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Two 'Border Kids' Have Swine Flu - Daily Beast


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Two 'Border Kids' Have Swine Flu
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Report: Swine Flu, Pneumonia Among Illegals in Ventura - Breitbart News


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Report: Swine Flu, Pneumonia Among Illegals in Ventura
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Officials at the Naval Base Ventura County in Port Hueneme are working to contain the spread of swine flue and pneumonia among unaccompanied alien children brought there in recent days, according to a report in the Washington Free Beacon.
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Outbreak on the BorderWashington Free Beacon
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Two illegal child immigrants now confirmed to have SWINE FLU in Texas as ... - Daily Mail


Daily Mail

Two illegal child immigrants now confirmed to have SWINE FLU in Texas as ...
Daily Mail
Border guards in Texas are on high alert after two child immigrants were confirmed to have swine flu following their interception trying to cross the border from Mexico. The minors were diagnosed with the highly-contagious H1N1 virus on Friday at two ...

'Humdinger': Swine flu virus which killed half-million modified to 'incurable' - RT


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'Humdinger': Swine flu virus which killed half-million modified to 'incurable'
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A controversial flu researcher has modified the flu virus responsible for the 2009 pandemic to allow it evade the human immune system. His lab's previous works include recreating the Spanish flu and making a deadly bird flu strain highly transmittable.
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Border Patrol Confirms Second Illegal Immigrant Child with Swine Flu - Breitbart News


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Border Patrol Confirms Second Illegal Immigrant Child with Swine Flu
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The first case of swine flu was confirmed last week, and Cabrera said that "an estimated 120 people are being isolated at the two stations because they were exposed to the" illegal immigrant youth who had swine flu. Cabrera said that, "if someone is ...
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First Swine Flu Case Diagnosed Among Illegal Alien Children at Texas Base - TheBlaze.com


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First Swine Flu Case Diagnosed Among Illegal Alien Children at Texas Base
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A young illegal immigrant child from Central America was diagnosed with swine flu Friday after crossing the Texas-Mexico border, necessitating 2,000 vaccines be shipped to Lackland Air Force Base to treat people who may have been exposed, U.S. ...



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