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Jemima Puddleduck
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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 2/7/2007 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   
 
I thought the information below might be of some benefit. Have a good read! You will be tested! If it helps just one then my job is done! cool  
 
RA Criteria (Any 4 qualify for positive diagnosis)
1. Morning stiffness, lasting for at least an hour, present daily for at least 6 weeks
2. Arthritis of 3 or more joints, lasting for at least 6 weeks
3. Arthritis of the hand joints, lasting for at least 6 weeks
4. Symmetric arthritis, lasting for at least 6 weeks
5. Rheumatoid nodules
6. Positive rheumatoid factor (blood test)
7. Joint changes on x-ray


Drugs and interactions
http://www.arthritis.org/conditions/DrugGuide/index.asp
http://www.drugdigest.org/DD/Home
http://www.drugs.com/
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/drug-information/DrugHerbIndex

Lab Tests
http://arthritiscentral.com/html/testslab.htm
http://www.labtestsonline.org

Financial assistance
https://www.pparx.org/Intro.php   
https://www.helpingpatients.org/Intro.php
http://www.needymeds.com
http://www.themedicineprogram.com
Http://www.rxassist.org
http://www.medicationfoundation.com/
http://www.nami.org/Content/ContentGroups/Helpline1/Prescription_ Drug_Patient_Assistance_Programs.htm
http://www.qdrug.com/sf/
http://www.freemedicineprogram.com
http://www.rheumatology.org/public/acrast.asp?aud=pat
http://www.joniandfriends.org/helps/financia.shtml

Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI and SSI programs)
http://www.ssa.gov/d&s1.htm

RA treatments
http://www.hopkins-arthritis.som.jhmi.edu/rheumatoid/rheum_treat.html

Complementary and Alternative Medicine
http://nccam.nih.gov/health/RA/

Food Intolerance
http://www.foodintol.com/food_intolerance/food_intolerance.htm
Antibiotic Therapy - Road Back Foundation
http://www.roadback.org 


Assistive Devices
http://www.webmd.com/content/pages/25/113258.htm?z=1834_00000_2244_HZ_06
www.beabletodo.com


Stress (Good, but technical)
http://rheumatology.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/38/11/1050

Ducky
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Date Joined Mar 2005
Total Posts : 3199
   Posted 2/7/2007 8:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Very cool.. thank you!
Moderator of Arthritis/Epilepsy Forums
Confirmed Diagnosis of - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis/Graves Disease/GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes/Chronic UTIs
Current Meds -  Enbrel/Prevacid/Synthroid/Nitrofurantoin
Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots
Additional Supplements - Multi-Vitamin/Bromelian/Acidophilus/Green Tea
 


erin.K
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Date Joined Mar 2005
Total Posts : 3148
   Posted 2/12/2007 9:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow! YOU ARE THE BEST!
Thank you for the time it took to do all of this.
Arthritis Forum Moderator
Active Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. Crohns Disease. A.Chiari Malformation & right brain venous anomoly. Partial Complex Seizures (under control!). MVP & Tricuspid Valve Prolapse. Rheumatic heart & lung. Previous Lymes Disease for 10 years.
Meds: Remicade infusions 300mg Q3weeks; Intra-articular knee injections when needed; Mercaptopurine 50mgQD plus 75mg weekly; Mesalamine 4GramsQD; Prednisone 20mgQD mantainance; Entocort 9mgQD; Meclizine; Augmentin; Reglan; LidoDerm Patches; Diazepam 5mg for AS back spasms; Restaril; Dilaudid 4mg tabs for pain. 

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