Rheumatoid Disease

Rheumatoid disease is inflammation of the joints and surrounding tissues, and can affect other organs. It requires lifelong treatment. In this section, we will cover managing symptoms and pursuing treatment for the many rheumatoid diseases with pregnancy, breastfeed and motherhood.

Pregnancy + Ankylosing Spondylitis – Common Questions

I’m pregnant and I have ankylosing spondylitis.  Are there any risks involved for my baby? Fortunately ankylosing spondylitis does not seem to impact fertility or the developing baby.  It does not lead to increased risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, or premature labor.  As a general rule, women with ankylosing spondylitis can expect to have healthy children of a normal birth weight.


The Myth That Women Don’t Get Ankylosing Spondylitis

What are the signs and symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis? Ankylosing spondylitis is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disorder.  The symptoms of the condition result from inflammation of the spine, joints, and other organs.  Classically, these include the sacroiliac joint of the hip and the joints of the spine, but other joints may be affected as well, like the shoulders, knees, and


Rheumatoid Arthritis – the Latest Research/Clinical Trials for Traditional + Alternative Therapies

Patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis  often experience chronic, disabling joint pain that can greatly affect movement and activities of daily living.  To combat this disease, doctors utilize a combination regimen of various medications – including NSAIDs and DMARDs (per this article on treatment), as well as immunosuppressants, corticosteroids and biological agents – in addition to non-pharmacological treatments such as diet,


The Evolution of a Solution: Life with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Two years, three doctors and eight medications ago, I was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease, rheumatoid arthritis.  I had lived a healthy life for all of my 36 years, and suddenly I was unable to do everyday tasks like walk my dog, lift the grocery bags or even open a jar.  I was angry that I had rheumatoid arthritis, and

Rheumatoid Arthritis, Breastfeeding Moms and Cortisone

Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory autoimmune condition that affects various joints, and depending on severity, it can impact a patient’s life significantly.  As a potent anti-inflammatory agent, cortisone is often injected directly into the affected joint space to combat the inflammation and relieve symptoms.  Below we consider the safety of breastfeeding while receiving cortisone treatments. Are there studies about the