Archive for November, 2012

Hello Good Looking,

I discovered this awesome post by Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy on trying to understand RA in 60 seconds. I was going to try to make my own but his is so epic that mine would never stand a chance in comparison.

I hope it helps!





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I followed the small blue and yellow foot prints stuck onto the floors to one of the Sick Kids’ examination rooms, and hopped up on the examination table and swung my feet back and forth.

Huge Scooby Doo stickers smothered the walls, giant teddy bears stood in the hallways, and there were more games and colouring books in the waiting room than I could ever imagine and there was even a play kitchen. But more than the material objects in the rooms and hallways, I loved Sick Kids as a whole. I loved the staff and my doctors and the reason is simple, they actually cared.

My experience with Prednisone

I was 17 when my doctor asked if I would go talk to another patient; we’ll call her Sara. Sara had been on prednisone for about four months, and I had just gotten off of it three months prior. When I was on the medication, my weight went from 105-ish pounds to around 125, but within a month or two of getting off prednisone, I was down to 110. I didn’t even work out, the weight just melted away.

What’s Prednisone?

Prednisone is in a class of drugs called “corticosteroids”. It helps “[prevent] the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.” The drug worked for me but it has many side effects, as do all drugs. One of the many side effects of prednisone is rapid weight gain. I know that gaining a lot of weight, and that too uncontrollably, can be very hard so I agreed to meet with Sara.


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“What would you like to drink?” My sister-in-law asks with a huge loving smile. A smile that says you can have anything you want, just ask for it.

“Can I have Coke?” I smile back with a mischievous grin.

“Oh, hmm… I’m sorry Sug, I can’t, soda isn’t good for your arthritis.” She pouts.

“Kay, hmm… milks fine.” I look down at my swollen wrist.

Being eleven years old, and having a slice of pizza in one hand and no soda in the other kind of ruins the pizza. It took me years to get used to not drinking soda. Till this day the simple sizzling sound of soda makes my taste buds dance, and sometimes I cheat and chug down a can.

The drink I hate to love.

But is soda really bad for arthritis?


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