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Andrew

Seattle, Washington
I've had symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis since 2004 and was formally diagnosed in January 2009. This blog represents musings about life with RA in an attempt to share my story with others. Given my science background, I also attempt to locate, synthesize and comment on research related to RA.
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Hurry Up and Wait by Andrew Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis The day after injecting Humira brought a nasty headache once again today (see earlier post ). But this was the least of the RA-related issues as I reflected on an upcomi ... Read on »
RA Damages Soft Tissues – Not Just Bones by Andrew Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis MRI and Ultrasound of RA damaged joints Image via Wikipedia When people hear the general term arthritis, they typically think of an older person with ... Read on »
Aren’t You Special? by Andrew Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis Elliot Bay- Seattle, Image via Wikipedia The sun was out in full force in Seattle yesterday which is rare for late October. But there was little time to enjo ... Read on »
My Love-Hate Relationship with Immunosuppressant Medicines by Andrew Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis Towards the end of a whirlwind of recent travels, a never ending headache set in. Many factors historically caused me headaches including migraines, stress, and reaction ... Read on »
RA-mbling Man by Andrew Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis Three cities in three days…that’s been my recent experience as I’ve rambled across the country. Last Thursday, I got up at 4:30 in the morning to catch a 7:00 flight to ... Read on »
A Weighty Matter by Andrew Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis A work colleague made a statement yesterday that many would consider a compliment…”You’ve lost weight.” True enough, I’ve lost about 15 pounds over the past few months. ... Read on »
Seronegative RA by Andrew Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis Image by pollyalida via Flickr Things are pretty hectic these days and that typically brings an increase in fatigue and joint symptoms. It doesn’t help that ... Read on »
Snap, Crackle, Pop by Andrew Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis Image via Wikipedia Late one evening while watching a movie with the family, I was relaxing in my favorite chair (Dad’s chair). Staying in one position for l ... Read on »
Twisted Fate by Andrew Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis About two years ago was the first time I began to notice swelling and pain in my proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joints in both hands. The PIP joints are the middle knuckle ... Read on »
Making Hay When the Sun Shines by Andrew Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis Growing up in the Midwest and having grandparents who were farmers, country sayings have a way of sinking into one’s thinking. In late summer when the hay is dry, the farm ... Read on »
RA and Life Plans by Andrew Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis Cover of Dan in Real Life There are a set of movies that whenever the chance presents itself, all other things will stop in order to watch them. For variou ... Read on »
What Does RA Induced Fatigue Feel Like? by Andrew Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis A colleague recently was describing his experience fighting pneumonia . In addition to the hideous, non-stop coughing and the serious antibiotics he was taking, he began ... Read on »
Antibiotics as a Treatment for RA? by Andrew Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis Image via Wikipedia A Bacterial Cause of RA? Using the Germ Theory of Disease (discussed in my previous post ), microorganisms such as bacteria have be ... Read on »
A Bacterial Trigger for RA? by Andrew Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis There is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis or for most autoimmune diseases for that matter. This is primarily because the specific underlying causes of autoimmune diseases ... Read on »
Suffering with a Chronic Illness by Andrew Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis About a year ago, in the midst of a bad RA flare and medications that weren’t working, a friend in his late 20s asked how I was doing. I proceeded to tell him about the pa ... Read on »
Celebrations by Andrew Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis Today is a time for multiple celebrations. Here are a few of the reasons. Upon waking this morning, it was clear that the nasty flare of the past couple of weeks backed of ... Read on »
RA Pain – Types, Causes, and Treatments by Andrew Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I’m at a loss about how to describe the various types of pain I’ve experienced with RA. As I prepare this post, all of my PIP finger joints (middle joint) are swollen and ... Read on »
RA and Tendons – My Achilles Heel by Andrew Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis Walking is just not the same as it used to be. In an earlier post , rubbery legs were mentioned. Knees with damaged cartilage cause them to buckle and make it difficult to ... Read on »
RA and Type A Personality – Not a Good Mix by Andrew Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis Our house was built in 1980. The structure has strong bones and suits our needs just fine. But in 2004 when we bought it, it was clear that the doors and woodwork were t ... Read on »
Kinase Inhibitors – New Potential Disease Modifying Drugs for RA by Andrew Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis For those of us with RA who regularly self-inject medicines (biologicals and/or methotrexate), a new set of oral medications are being developed. These are called kinase i ... Read on »