The truth about living with Rheumatoid Arthritis


What is iritis/anterior uveitis?

What is iritis?

Iritis is inflammation of the iris (the colored part of the eye).  It is a form of uveitis, and is more correctly termed anterior uveitis.  It is a common comorbid condition in Rheumatoid Arthritis and Ankylosing Spondylitis and other forms of inflammatory arthritis.

Symptoms of iritis

Iritis usually presents as a red, painful eye.  Sometimes patients experience blurred vision, and sensitivity to light.    The pupil may be constricted.  This all sounds pretty minor, but iritis is serious and can be very painful.

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GP pain management appointment

I saw my GP this morning about my pain medications and dosages. I booked a long appointment so we could discuss everything.  He started off very hard line,  but quickly softened.  I looked like poo.  I had about two hours sleep last night. Tired. Very foggy.  And we could both hear all my joints crack whenever I moved anything.  I’m convinced he’s under pressure to lower my doses, and it’s not coming from him.  He was very understanding, in fact.

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High blood pressure and rheumatoid arthritis and mixed connective tissue disease

I’ve been a very strong advocate for exercise right from the start.  I exercise on all but the very worst days.  And I exercise as hard as I’m able.   On any given day, what I am capable of varies dramatically.

I have done weight bearing exercise all my life, long before I developed Rheumatoid Arthritis and Mixed connective tissue disease.  I believe it’s why I have such exceptionally dense bones.  I have been fit all my life.  I suspect if I wasn’t as fit as I was when Mixed Connective Tissue Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis hit, I would have been in much worse shape, much sooner.

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The difference between anxiety and crippling anxiety is a decision

My daughter wants to go away this weekend with her friend.  They are going to the same place that I usually take the kids when we go away.  She loves it there. It’s familiar.  She’ll be staying with a large family, and she will have a ball.

And I’m terrified.  Every time I think about it I feel the most intense anxiety.  Even when I’m not thinking about it, I have this low grade feeling of impending doom.  I know its lurking in the back of my mind, ready to pounce the second I give it any attention.

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What is Spondylosis

Spondylosis is a common finding on spinal MRI where the patient has neck or back pain.  It is commonly used to describe osteoarthritis of the spine, but it’s an umbrella term that describes the degeneration of the joints between the vertibrae (facet joint arthritis), the growth of bone spurs (osteophytes) causing Spinal Stenosis and the degeneration of the vertebral discs (Degenerative Disc Disease).

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