The truth about living with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Diagnoses

What is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormonal disorder in woman of reproductive age.  The condition is caused by an imbalance of the female hormones (oestrogen and progesterone) which leads to the development of the multiple, small ovarian cysts from which the disease gets its name.  Higher than normal levels of testosterone also contribute.  It is thought that higher than normal levels of insulin contribute to the sex hormone imbalance.

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What is scapulothoracic bursitis (snapping scapula) syndrome

Symptoms of Scapulothoracic Bursitis

Scapulothoracic Bursitis is a condition that causes pain behind the shoulder blade.  It is often associated with audible cracking, grating, grinding and popping, hence the alternative name ‘snapping scapula’ syndrome.  The cause is inflammation of the bursa (bursitis) underneath the scapula. The bursa usually acts as lubricating tissue that allows the scapula to glide smoothly over the ribs during every day shoulder motion.  When the bursa becomes inflamed, it causes significant pain, and loss of function.

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Eosinophilic Esophagitis diet – dairy fail

It has been almost a year since I was diagnosed with Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE).  A rare, but becoming more common, allergic disease which causes difficulty and pain swallowing, and inflammation and scarring of the esophagus.

I thought it was a minor thing, being that I have Mixed Connective Tissue Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis, I figured EoE would be nothing more than an annoyance.

I was wrong.

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What is Eosinophilic Esophagitis (Oesophagitis)

Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE), also known as allergic esophagitis, is an inflammatory disease of the esophagus.  In Eosinophilic Esophagitis, the lining of the esophagus is infiltrated with eosinophils, a type of white blood cell that cause inflammation in the presence of allergens.  Food allergies are most often the suspected caused, but environmental allergens can also play a part.  People who have Eosinophilic Esophagitis often have other allergies as well, such as hay fever and asthma.

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Rheumatoid arthritis and losing your appetite

I don’t have an appetite.  People joke and say “I wish!” but it is not a good thing.  What it means is I find it hard to eat, I can’t enjoy food, and while food is primarily nutrition – fuel for your body, it is also a huge source of pleasure, and social interaction.  People gather for a meal to enjoy it together. If you don’t eat, people notice, and sometimes become uncomfortable.  And enjoy their own food less.  Or they don’t eat either. (‘Oh if you’re not having cake, I’ll just have coffee too…’).  It’s awkward to say the least.

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