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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 »
Well this is new… by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis So this is what swollen feet feel like. Ive had swollen ankles. Ive had swollen knees. Ive had swollen ankles, toes, and fingers. But never before have I had an entir ... Read on »
Rheumatoid Arthritis and Religion by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis And here it is. In case anyone was wondering what I find to be the most frustrating part of chronic illness, I’ll tell you. It’s not the pain. It’s not the inability to ... Read on »
Not so new anymore by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis Ok, the swollen feet thing is getting annoying. It’s been happening too much lately. Last night they swelled up  when I was up cooking dinner. Even though I was on a sto ... Read on »
Im in a funk by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis Ive spent the past couple days painting an old dressing table my aunt gave me. I’ve been taking it slow. Just a little bit at a time. My brother helped by sanding it fir ... Read on »
What would I do different? by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis What would I do different, knowing what I know now? (Ill keep this strictly R.A. related, or I’d be here all night) Knowing what I know now, I would have stolen, chea ... Read on »
Things I want so bad it hurts by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I want to be able to walk my dog. I want to be able to work on my photography again. I want to finish school. I want to run. I want to run fast, and hard and un ... Read on »
I would rather by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be ... Read on »
What I’ve been up to by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis One of my best friends came to visit over the weekend. She is amazingly cool. We have been really good friends for years. I was a bridesmaid at her wedding last summer. ... Read on »
Rheumatoid Arthritis and Dieting by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I may be getting ahead of myself ( I’m still at a 7.5 mg prednisone dose) but I started my diet again. It’s very simple and it always works. The first two weeks are real ... Read on »
Knees by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I was trying to explain to someone about my knees. I cant find much information on flexion contractures. But I found a picture of an old man with knees like mine. ... Read on »
Rheumatoid Arthritis and Dieting II by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I’ve actually managed to gain another seven pounds. Skirts are no longer an option because the stretch marks are now very bad behind my knees and now reach half way d ... Read on »
Lack of Insurance by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I watched Sicko today. Here’s a summary I found online: Note to the president: Here’s your chance to lock up Michael Moore. The radically fierce and funny fireball he ... Read on »
Lack of Insurance II by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I went to my doctors Wednesday. Its been a few days, but I think I have sufficiently recovered. In fact, I’m feeling pretty good. My father had to come to town to do ... Read on »
Rheumatoid Arthritis and Dieting III by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I thought I’d ask my doctor about my diet, and how nothing seems so be working. I’ve gained another couple pounds. She said, there’s really nothing I can do about it unt ... Read on »
Oh, thats just perfect. by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I received a letter in the mail today dated May 27th 2008. It was from the Foundation who supplies me with Enbrel for free. They just wanted to inform me that I have ... Read on »
Rheumatoid Arthritis and Stress by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis Arthritis and Stress: The Reverse Cause and Effect People with arthritis must confront the same kinds of stress as everyone else. Additionally, living with chronic ar ... Read on »
The storm is finally passing….. by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I hardly have words for such wonderful news. I’ve never cried out of relief before. This big black cloud I’ve had over my head for the last few years is finally going to ... Read on »
Rheumatoid Arthritis and Dieting IV by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis Ok, I’m aware that this is hardly worth posting. But I am excited. I have been pretty much sticking to a diet. And while I have still not lost any weight, I finally s ... Read on »
How rude! by Ashley Nicole Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Arthritis I decided to go to the local health and human services office yesterday to see if they could give me a temporary insurance card while I wait for the one from social secu ... Read on »