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Clinical Trial for Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an uncommon form of arthritis. Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease that occurs when your immune system attacks the lining of your joints. This causes joint pain, stiffness, swelling, and redness that can move to any joint, at any time. You may also have other symptoms like feeling tired or having a fever. Better treatment options are needed for people who suffer with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Right now, local doctors are looking for people who have Rheumatoid Arthritis to participate in local research studies. Click the link below to learn more:





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Autoimmunity, lupus and AllCells Tissue Products

I’m up a bit late, but I’ve come to a roadblock in the treatment of my osteonecrosis. Lately, even sitting down, my knees and ankles and tibias have been hurting (normally the pain only comes when I put weight on them).

However, because of lung problems causing shortness of breath, I’ve not been able to exercise and because I’ve been so sedentary, the weight has begun to accumulate. And because the weight accumulates, my joints get the “extra benefit” of a few more pounds beating on the knees and my ankles. Is there hope for my osteonecrosis in this therapy?

AllCells Introduces Autoimmune Diseased Cells and Tissue Products (via PR Newswire)

EMERYVILLE, Calif., Sept. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — AllCells, LLC, a leading provider of healthy & diseased hematopoietic tissues, primary cell types, and related services to the global life science industry has announced the release of new autoimmune diseased cells and tissue products. The specimens…

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Making Days with Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis easier

I’ve put together a list for anyone who fights a chronic disease that leaves them with joint pain and fatigue. Doing the things on the list won’t make your disease ‘go away,’ but you’ll likely feel less of a victim of the disease and feel like you have a bit of power and are in the driver’s seat!

In no particular order:

Think about taking a bath instead of a shower and soak that stiffness away; the warm water (add some epsom salts if you like) soothes away muscle tension. I’d only add one cautionary note; even though it might sound like the perfect remedy to help you sleep better, this isn’t a good idea right before bed because it can interfere with your sleep cycle.

Iif your joints are painful and stiff, and the intricate work of fashioning bows would only aggravate the problem, consider putting your gifts in a gift bag. Or, if you’d like, you can ask that the store gift wrap your items (though it adds to the price tag, you might be able to find stores that offer free gift wrapping.

Exercise. It may be painful at first, but plan to start an exercise regimen, checking with your doctor first. Then daily keep up the exercise. This acts like a little WD-40, lubricating your joints as you strengthen the muscles and ligaments surrounding them. I’d suggest that water exercise in a warm pool would help. Remember, motion helps ease stiffness.

When you must shovel snow in the winter (don’t we wish we live in warm climes with NO snow?), but winter is a reality and many of us enjoy the season. But shoveling can pose a problem for those who have difficulty gripping the handle. So, wrap a towel around the handle of the shovel, making it easier to grip and enjoy being outside. Better yet, enjoy the hot chocolate when you com indoors and know that you’ve earned a reward!

Car steering wheel covers are available to make gripping the wheel easier and many of them are insulated and found in auto parts stores.

It has been found in several studies that relaxation exercises help pain and stress, meaning muscle tension eases. So, listen to an classical music or do deep breathing before chores. This will accomplish many things, among them keeping your breathing rate low while you imagine the pain gone and doing chores while not hurting.

These are just a few things that you can do to give you more power over your arthritic condition so you don’t feel so fatigued and stubble with it!

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Just diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Let’s switch gears from lupus and take a look at another autoimmune disease, rheumatoid arthritis. In RA, the immune dysfunction is similar to lupus, in which the immune system attacks itself; but in RA, the cells of the immune system attack the joints and the synovium (the lining of tissue that surrounds the joints). RA, like lupus, is chronic, inflammatory, has flares and is a disease of remissions and exacerbations. Those of you with RA have experienced these 8 things that YOU can do to empower YOU in dealing with RA.

!. Become partners in your care with your rheumatologist. He/she is not just your doctor. Commit to this and learn as much as you can about RA. RA is your illness and the more you know about it, the more you’ll control it and the less it’ll control you.

2. teach your family, If they’re not taught by you, your family is not likely to understand the WHY behind the days you have no energy or are sore. They need to know that you can be these  and not be lazy.

3. Find ways to maximize everyday functioning, using durable medical equipment or other aids to perform activities of daily living, such as dressing, using shoe horns, having a shower chair, seeing if a friend or neighbor could do marketing for you.  Don’t hesitate to ask or advice in managing your illness.

4. Understand that RA is a systemic disease, that it can cause massive, body-wide (systemic) inflammation and is a risk-factor for heart disease.

5. do not delay treatment. The disease is chronic, though it can be gotten control of; but the sooner it is identified and treatment begun, the easier and effective, eventual treatment will be. Preventing further joint damage.

6. Stop smoking as it makes RA harder to treat. Your rheumatologist will work with you and direct you to smoking cessation programs if need be.

6. you’re a unique ‘case’. No one can say that their case is like yours. Your symptoms may be similar to someone else, but there is different immune functioning, and the same medications that work for you, may not work for someone else with RA.

7. Before you start a new medication, learn why your rheumatologist prescribed it, ask both your doctor and pharmacist about any interaction with another medication that you take. Not all side effects are noticeable by you; they are measurable only inlay tests.

8. acknowledge that not only a physical toll, but an emotional, a mental toll is exacted. Feelings of depression are not to be ashamed of, but can be treated with relaxation and visual imagery, or therapy and medications.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Fingers

Rheumatoid Arthritis Fingers (Photo credit: david__jones)

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