Knowing How to Use Google Doesn't Make You A Doctor

There's one thing that is really hard to come to terms with when you develop a chronic illness - something that is as much incurable and debilitating as the disease that rages inside of you - the constant stupid medical advice from friends and acquaintances who Google cures for your disease. Sure, the fact that your friend is Googling the shit out of your illness is endearing in a way, I guess, because it means they want to know what is wrong with you and they want to know so bad that they turn on their Macbook....more

Arthritis In Your Pet: Learn How To Recognize The Signs (INFOGRAPHIC & VIDEO)

Arthritis is a very disabling condition that can make your life very difficult. Unfortunately, this degenerative disease can also affect your beloved pet as they get older, the same way it could affect any aging person....more

Loosening up the knots

I had really rough back pain this week, and then when the orthopedic physician said about arthritis working in the equation, well, the pain in the head worrying about it was almost matching the pain in my lower back.I forgot one thing. Flip fitness class....more

Dreary

It’s a rainy Friday and my bones are feeling it. Arthritis is a really crappy thing. It cripples a lot of folks, and fortunately I am not one of their number yet.Yet it is really hard for me to complain knowing the pain I have seen this week.What I go through is nothing next to people who are so far gone that they are terminal.Their bravery and emotion is astounding. ...more

Knowing the Facts about Osteoartritis

When it comes to osteoarthritis, there are a lot of misconceptions as to what the courses are as well as the most suitable treatment for each individual. Even though people can develop or osteoarthritis (OA) any age, it is typically found as part of the aging process in older individuals.Symptoms of OA...more

Dear Market Development People, From A Boomer Consumer

I hate my hands. I am right handed, and early degenerative arthritis has taken it's toll on my fingers already. I wish gloves were in style. But wearing gloves and typing in 95 degree heat is just wrong anyway. These hands can't do simple things any more. Along with the eyesight, they are failing me. I can't open water bottles any longer.  I'm so embarrassed by them. I am ashamed to ask for help. I don't want to give into this disease that has caused me 2 knee replacements and spinal fusion, and I won't, but these hands... they don't work right anymore....more

Crohn's Disease In Your 20s: Why I Hate Shoe Shopping and Other Complaints

I've decided to start a blog based off the recommendation of a friend. One day we were talking about shoes and I mentioned how much I hate shoe shopping. You can imagine that she was pretty taken aback. How does a 23-year-old woman not love shoe shopping? I was hesitant to tell her why -- going into this part of my life always dampens any conversation -- but she was insistent. So here it is. ...more
I totally hear you and am sorry you're dealing with this. I had sarcoidosis last year , another ...more

Obstacles to Taking the Big Risks

I have a major obstacle standing like  a sentinel in my way of fulfilling my dreams of becoming a writer.  I want to be a writer who moves people.  I want to be a writer who makes a difference.  Those goals are going to be hard to achieve with arthritis. I have ankylosing spondylitis. Considered a cousin of psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis impacts almost all major joints and even some organs like the lungs and eyes. I am taking methrotraxate for this condition as well as pain medication....more