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Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia
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By Pamela Engelhard
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Nov. 8, 2012 2:02 p.m.



Hi! I wanted to start a blog so that I could increase awareness of Rheumatoid Arthritis, what it truly is and how it affects the lives of its victims.

 

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a misleading name. Many of us are requesting the name to be changed to Rheumatoid Disease or Rheumatoid Auto-Immune Disease.  The reasoning behind this is quite simple. While RA does attack the joints throughout your body, it doesn’t stop there. It attacks the WHOLE body. Whenever its victims tell people that they have RA, the reaction, more often than not, is “Oh, my (insert family member) has that too!” NO!!! This is not osteoarthritis. This does not come from an injury or “old age.”

 

The immune system goes haywire and attacks the synovial layers in our joints that cause inflammation. Many times we end up with disfigured joints. When the immune system has decided it has had enough fun with the joint areas, it attacks our heart, lungs, stomach, etc…

 

More to come…

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