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Rheumatoid Arthritis, Cortisone injections more musings on the field of pain relief medicine

I went back to get my spine injected with cortisone today. Back to the ‘spine guy’.  He is hard to get in to see, always booked six to eight weeks in advance, but he is worth it. Usually when I see a radiologist for a cortisone injection, they are very specific. They will only inject […]

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Rheumatoid Arthritis and pain management doctors…and WTF?

So for those of you that don’t have time for a long post, this is the executive summary.  My new pain management doc is a dickhead.  The end  :). So now the detail: Last week I saw my new pain management specialist.  He’s the go to guy. He knows his stuff. So I was told. […]

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Rheumatoid Arthritis and exercise physiology

Several months ago I was referred to the Exercise Physiology department of the local hospital to help with my ‘fibromyalgia’.  Even though I have no symptoms of fibromyalgia. Exercise physiology is still a pretty valuable service for someone with Rheumatoid Arthritis, so I kept myself on the list, and today was my appointment.  In a […]

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Rheumatoid arthritis and claiming ‘invalidity’ and disablement part two

Yesterday I saw a psychiatrist, as the second and final medical appointment arranged by my superannuation fund to determine whether I am truly ‘Totally and Permanently Disabled’, to use their phrase. The day before I saw an Occupational Doctor, who assessed my Rheumatoid Arthritis as severe, and told me that he would be recommending release […]

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Rheumatoid arthritis and claiming ‘invalidity’ and disablement

About a year ago I decided to claim on my Total and Permanent Disability Insurance, attached to one of my superannuation accounts.  That process has been long and difficult and is ongoing. Three months ago I decided to apply for early release of my superannuation.  If approved, it would mean I would receive a small […]

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Depression can sneak up and knock you down so you can’t even come up with a snappy blog post title

This morning I felt great.  Things were looking up.  I was happy.  And then suddenly everything changed….Why? I don’t know.  But suddenly my world shifted and the wind was knocked out of me.  That’s the thing about depression. You can’t predict it. Sometimes you sail through stressful situations that you’ve been dreading. And other times […]

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Rheumatoid Arthritis and pain – pain and happiness are not mutually exclusive

I gave up any expectation of ever having another day without pain a few years ago. This doesn’t mean I gave up.  It was actually a liberating experience.  It allowed me to stop wishing for things I can’t have, and start finding ways to make the best of what I still DO have. Once I […]

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Things Rheumatoid Arthritis has taught me

RA has been a teacher.  Not my favourite way to learn, I’ll admit.  But I have learned a lot. I, like many it seems, used to be a Type A, in charge, 25 hours in a day kind of person.  I had a good career, two children, one of whom is on the Austism Spectrum.  […]

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What does a Rheumatoid Arthritis flare feel like?

The thing to understand about inflammatory arthritis pain is that it’s always there.  It’s not like muscle pain that happens when you use the muscle, or a broken bone that hurts when you use the limb.  Arthritis pain is constant.  There’s no comfy position to get into so that it doesn’t hurt. I have pain […]

Rheumatoid Arthritis and prednisone – there is no cure for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Prednisone is NOT a cure for Rheumatoid arthritis. There is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis.  There are treatments.  There are ways to manage the disease.  There are therapies to manage the pain.  There is no cure. Recently I’ve been posting on my personal page about the physically active things I’ve been doing.  Things like running.  […]

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