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Positive vs. Negative: The Image of Arthritis – by Ashley Boynes-Shuck

Undoubtedly, when one thinks of arthritis or rheumatic illness, not many “good” images come to mind. Chronic illness, disabilities, pain – these aren’t “positive” things. So, there becomes a real frustration – and a real disconnect – for many patients who see commercials for arthritis drugs that feature smiling, seemingly healthy and pain-free individuals who … Continue reading

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Health and Wellness Coaches for Arthritis – by Ashley Boynes-Shuck

Wellness counselors and health coaches are one of the most popular and fastest-growing segments of the healthcare culture. As a patient with chronic illness who has tried everything, they may seem like just another hopeless box to check off of your seemingly never-ending list. As long as your doctor doesn’t object, though, working with a … Continue reading

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Chronic Pain and Sleep – The Vicious Cycle – by Ashley Boynes-Shuck

  Sleep problems are common in people with arthritis and chronic pain. Additionally, people with rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune forms of arthritis and rheumatic diseases may need more sleep than the average adult. Some RA patients need as much as 10 hours of sleep per night, whereas a “healthy” adult typically needs 7-8 hours … Continue reading

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Arthritis and Chronic Illness – We Have It, It Doesn’t Have Us! – Ashley Boynes

Life with chronic illness is tough. But we have arthritis, it doesn’t have us. The same goes for any condition or disability that you might be fighting …. from fibromyalgia, to diabetes, celiac disease, to multiple sclerosis, to lupus, scleroderma, ankylosing spondylitis, myositis, felty’s syndrome, sjogren’s, thyroid disease, bipolar disorder, cancer, and more. There are … Continue reading