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Rheumatoid Arthritis and use it or lose it

I made a deal with myself this week. No matter how bad I am feeling, I will do some form of exercise, every day.  On a great day that will mean intervals on the treadmill, cross trainer and/or recumbent.  Really work up a sweat and push hard. On a good day that will mean Centergy, […]

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Rheumatoid Arthritis – is it pain or fatigue?

I have to laugh at myself.  I have been lying here most of the morning.  Last night was an awful night.  I had to get up twice to take more pain killers.  Oxycodone, 10mg.  So I started today behind the eight ball.  Even for me. Pain is moderate just sitting here. And climbs to severe […]

They warned me about this…rheumatoid arthritis prednisone and adrenal insufficiency

I saw my GP yesterday. Because I needed to talk to someone.  Someone medical. Someone intelligent. Someone kind. That’s my GP. I explained what happened last week.  Trip to coast.  Body unable to cope.  Managed to get myself home, but my body didn’t recover.  Couldn’t recover. I described the incredible fatigue. That I could NOT […]

Chronic illness and being strong

Strong.  As in ‘You’re so strong’. I used to think this was a compliment.  I used to take it that way.  I liked the sound of it. Strong!  Hells yeah!  Damn straight I’m strong.  Rheumatoid Arthritis and the rest of the mess is NOT for the faint of heart.  Yep.  I’m strong. Slowly I realised […]

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Adrenal insufficiency and prednisone side effects

So prednisone then.  I need it. Not only to function, to walk, even jog occasionally.  I need it to survive. Adrenal insufficiency means that your body doesn’t have the ability to produce enough cortisol to sustain life.  Or it means that in an emergency situation, or an extremely stressful situation, your body will not be […]

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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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