What You Need to Know About the Rheumatoid Factor

The rheumatoid factor (RF) test can help evaluate your RA diagnosis and prognosis. Rheumatoid factor (RF) is the antibody responsible for the body attacking its own tissues in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In most cases, high levels of rheumatoid factor (20 IU/mL or above) occur in patients who have rheumatoid arthritis and/or Sjögren’s syndrome….

Loving Your Body With Fibromyalgia

Tips on how to accept and cherish your body. Most of us are obsessed with appearance and body image, which is understandable. After all, attractive people in our society are at an advantage. This is also the same society that often stigmatizes chronic diseases and those suffering from them through pity, disbelief and blame. The…

7 Ways to Overcome Your Fears About Your Chronic Illness

Learn how to tame your worries about your health and arthritis with these simple coping techniques. Most of us worry about our health because we have loved ones to care for, we don’t want to be dependent on anyone, and we don’t want to give up the things we love. But when you have a…

Taking Off the Super-Parent Cape With Fibromyalgia

How to be a great parent while managing fibromyalgia and not over-extending yourself. You might know Supermom. You might even be her. I am—well, I was Supermom until chronic illness forced me to take off my invisible cape. My Secret Once upon a time, I had a secret that few people knew. Behind my perfect…