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Inspiration or Isolation: Which Path Will You Choose? – by Ashley Boynes-Shuck

In the world of chronic illness, there are many things about which we simply do not have a choice. I didn’t choose rheumatoid arthritis, or osteoarthritis, or celiac disease, lupus, sjogrens syndrome, chiari, and so on. Likewise, I’m sure that you did not choose whichever illnesses or disabilities that you may live with. As I’ve … Continue reading

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Autoimmune Illness and Circulation: How Do Conditions Like Rheumatoid Arthritis Affect Our Cardiovascular System? – By Ashley Boynes-Shuck

Most people think of aches and pains when they hear about arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia, and similar ailments. The truth is, these conditions are complex, and there are still so many unknowns that surround each of them. Yes, pain and inflammation are often a huge part of various forms of arthritis and other chronic autoimmune illnesses, … Continue reading

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Fashion: The Enemy of Arthritis Patients? – by Ashley Boynes-Shuck

Tonight is Fashion’s Night Out all over the country, and, will mark the start of the famed New York Fashion Week. For some of us, though, “fashion” isn’t as easy as supermodels, celebrities, and even our friends and loved ones may make it seem. Once a girl with a Carrie Bradshaw-sized shoe fetish; I can … Continue reading

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Foot Pain and Arthritis – by Ashley Boynes-Shuck

Often times, people with any type of arthritis tend to have a lot of “structural” issues in their body, in addition to pain and inflammation of the joints. In addition to the back being commonly affected – whether from arthritis directly or indirectly – the feet often tend to develop issues, as well. The Arthritis … 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