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A different sort of pain by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis Today I was hit by a car. Ha. Ok, So maybe the story isn’t quite that dramatic. But I was injured. And there was a vehicle involved. In fact, it was highly embarrassi ... Read on »
A Light in a Dark Place by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I started my physical therapy again this week. I found myself less than enthusiastic. I’m usually in a private room, but because of overbooking I was out in the bullp ... Read on »
And now with Insurance by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I had my first visit with my rheumatologist with insurance. My card came in the mail Saturday! I’m in such a good mood. I’m sure I looked like some sort of nut job. I wa ... Read on »
And now with Insurance by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I had my first visit with my rheumatologist with insurance. My card came in the mail Saturday! I’m in such a good mood. I’m sure I looked like some sort of nut job. I wa ... Read on »
And the results are? by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I wont know for another two to three months. I can not help but laugh. After over two years, I finally had my court date. It went really well. There is really no way ... Read on »
Another Battle by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis My life has changed so drastically in the last few months. Sometimes I go an entire week without even thinking about this blog. And when I do, I never have time to upd ... Read on »
Another Battle by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis My life has changed so drastically in the last few months. Sometimes I go an entire week without even thinking about this blog. And when I do, I never have time to updat ... Read on »
Another new knee by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I had my second total knee replacement Monday. It’s been a rough week. And……that is a huge understatement. There were some serious pain control issues during my hospi ... Read on »
Another New Knee II by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis Im finally beginning to feel like  myself again. It’s been eight days since my second total knee replacement. It’s been a rough week but Im finally emerging from the fog ... Read on »
Back On by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis Today I was finally able to start all my R.A. meds again. After fifteen weeks without anything but Prednisone, I am thrilled. I had to stop everything before my first ... Read on »
Back to school by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I’ve been out of the loop due to a dodgy Internet card, but I’ve finally gotten a new one. Things have improved alot since I last wrote. My hip pain has decreased. A ... Read on »
Blogs by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I try to keep up with as many R.A. blogs as I can. Lately there has been a huge influx in the amount of them and I couldn’t be more thrilled. There is something so great ... Read on »
Breakdown by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I had a complete mental breakdown over a pair of pants today. Not the pants so much as my inability to get them on. I couldn’t stand long enough to get them on. ... Read on »
Breakdown at the doctor’s office by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis So, I’ve never actually cried in front of a doctor before now. In fact, a problem of mine is that I always try to downplay my pain to people around me. ( There are only ... Read on »
Can’t put the needle in. by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I started my Enbrel shots again last week. I forgot how much I hate them. Not that I’m complaining. Thank God for Enbrel! But I have always had a very bad phobia of need ... Read on »
Check, Check , Check by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I’ve been making my way down the pre-surgery check list. Every time I get one thing checked off, it seems like another item is added. Wednesday I had a dental appoint ... Read on »
Comic about R.A. by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I like to draw comics about random things in my life. They’re not good, and I spend all of 20 minutes on them, BUT they make me laugh, so I decided to start a series abo ... Read on »
Computer woes by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis My computer is falling apart. Out of 6 USB ports, only one works, and I have to use it to plug in a mouse, because the port were I usually plug in my mouse isn’t work ... Read on »
Cowboy Up by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I had a follow up with my surgeon this  week. So, we decided that the hip definitely needs to come out. He says it’s at the end of its life, and I agree. It’s also pr ... Read on »
Current Meds by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis Id like to mention the medications I am currently on. My current treatments include: 8 mg shot of methotrexate once a week. ( I have been on methotrexate for over 2 y ... Read on »