Tagged with rheumatologist

Lupus for Christmas – by Ashley Boynes-Shuck

I got Lupus for Christmas. And Sjögrens Syndrome, too. They were wrapped up in a nice little package to go with my Rheumatoid Arthritis and Celiac Disease, and tied up with an imaginary bow. I didn’t get coal in my stocking, but I got the motherlode of autoimmune illness, delivered not by Santa, but by my … Continue reading

The Pediatric Rheumatology Shortage: What’s a Juvenile Arthritis Patient to Do? – by Ashley Boynes-Shuck

Approximately 300,000 American children and teens live with juvenile arthritis – that’s about 1 in 250. Yes – you read that correctly: 1 in 250 kids suffers from arthritis. If that number isn’t eye-opening enough, check out this staggering statistic: there are only 250 active and board certified pediatric rheumatologists in the United States. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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

Rheumatic Conditions, Autoimmune Diseases, and the Skin: How does our skin relate to arthritis? – by Ashley Boynes

The skin is the largest organ of our bodies….but we so often forget about it. Don’t neglect your skin, and don’t ignore skin-related symptoms! There are many rheumatic autoimmune disorders that affect the skin. I personally have high autoimmunity, a few different conditions, and have had a slew of dermatologic issues ranging from vitiligo, to … Continue reading