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Darvocet Recall Help

January 22, 2011 Leave a comment

If you are like me, Darvocet is one of the few pain killers that help you have a progressive day. It helps you function as much as a person can without many harmful side effects such as nausea, ulcers and headaches. Now, it is not the answer for everyone, but for many, it truly does help them navigate through life with a manageable amount pain. For those who have suffered complications, I believe they should add additional warning labels on the containers, after all this medication has been around helping those in pain for over 50 years. Not to mention, they offer a generic version at a very affordable price. So if you believe that Darvocet should be placed back on the market with either further research into the complication claims or with additional disclaimers, PLEASE PLEAS PLEASE send you request to the following addresses below:

Public Citizen (The Group that pushed for the recall)
Main office is:1600 20th Street NW
Washington DC
Phone is 202-588-1000
E-mail them at hrg1@citizen.org

Food and Drug Administration
10903 New Hampshire Ave.
Silver Springs MD 20993-0002 PHONE 1-888-463-6332 also 301-796-8460
http://www.fda.gov or drug info@fda.hhs.gov or OSHI@fda.hhs.gov

 

Let our voices be heard, we deserve the best medical treatment and the best life possible.

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Categories: Awareness

Single Black Female….seeking cure for Rheumatoid Arthritis

January 16, 2011 Leave a comment

I have searched and searched and I must say I have been a bit disappointed by the lack of information regarding African-Americans and Rheumatoid Arthritis or Autoimmune Disease in general. The little information I found provided insight more on Type 1 Diabetes and Lupus. Which is great but, considering there are over 80 types of Autoimmune diseases with African American, Hispanic, Native-American women having a higher predisposition for certain types, I would think there would be more information.  According to the CDC, African Americans are 17% less likely to report arthritis than Whites and Hispanics are 46% less likely. However they are twice as likely to report severe joint damage pain and work limitations. Other than the assumption of language barriers and access to health care the core reasons for the disparities are unknown.

I personally believe in this media overload world, more should be done to help the minority women identify with the women on RA medication TV and Internet ads. If a minority women would see herself on a Rheumatoid Arthritis TV/Facebook/Twitter educational ad experiencing these symptoms, she may ask her doctor to test her rheumatoid factor, instead of just pounding Motrin to self-manage the pain. Without getting the proper medical attention, it will lead to severe joint damage and debilitation.  With early diagnosis, a woman can start on an exercise plan, a healthy eating regimen and seek proper health care. All the things that can help a patient manage their RA. On the flip side, doctors may also become more sympathetic to young minority women who come into the office with RA symptoms and encourage her to see a Rheumatologist and not just prescribe her with the Motrin.

Ultimately, the goal is to educate, educate, and educate all women into living a healthier more fulfilling life with RA. However, I also believe that the 12% of the African Americans living with arthritis should not be left out of this educational program.

Arthritis Impacts African Americans and Hispanics more than Whites

http://www.cdc.gov/media/pressrel/2010/r100415.htm

Autoimmune Disease

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/autoimmunediseases.html

Icicles and Flare-Ups..

January 10, 2011 5 comments

Well its winter time and with the winter comes the cold temperatures, snow, and icicles. Welcome old Man Winter ;-). However cold temps can bring more than just a snowstorm when u have an illness such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, it can bring aches, pains, inflamed joints and full on flare ups. And unfortunately, life doesn’t stop for our pain, there are still demands from our work, family and friends. And although we want to rest inside snuggled in our fuzzy slippers and warm quilts, we always make an effort to do as much as possible with our restrictions. I still wonder why I push so hard through the pain, but I already know why. I feel G-U-I-L-T-Y!! G-U-I-L-T-Y!! G-U-I-L-T-Y!! I never want to miss appointments and feel as if I disappoint people when I can’t meet my commitments. But I am growing in learning that people who really care about me will understand, and I just can’t do much about those who don’t, except educate them on my illness as much as possible. Now, don’t get me wrong, when I am on full on flare-up, I shut everything and everyone down and won’t think twice about it (well maybe not twice..lol). But, for my better days of pain I will alter instead of cancel.

 

Here a few tips that I and a few of my friends have found to work well:

 

  1. Lunch with the Girls. Instead of heading to your favorite lunch spot, invite your fabulous friends over for lunch at your house and order delivery take-out. This allows you to stay inside, stay in your fuzzy slippers all while keeping up with the latest gossip and everything else you love to share with your girls.
  2. Work! Work! Work! For the most part, we all own a computer and have internet access. Or we have employers that appreciate their employees enough to provide them with a laptop. If this is your case, telecommute is the word to learn and invest in honey. With technology such as phones, virtual meetings, dial-in systems and video chats, we can stay in touch from around the world. Ladies, take advantage and use technology to your advantage. Why? Because this allows you to complete your work assignments, stay in contact with your co-workers and clients while residing in the comfort of your own warm home. And don’t forget, lunchtime can equal a much-needed naptime, just don’t oversleep and miss your call-in meeting. Or it may be your last telecommute day.
  3. Family meals, kid-drop offs etc. Listen, I know us strong women want to do it all, with no help. But lets face it, when you have a chronic illness, sometimes you do need help and there is nothing wrong or shameful about asking for help. Enroll your parents, siblings, husband and good girlfriends to pitch in on helping out with dinner, running errands, picking kids up from school and just helping in general. Remember your friends and family love you and probably offer their support all the time and we always reply “Thanks, but I am ok”, well during a flare-up it is the time to say “Thanks, and this is what I need”. They will still love you and things will get done, just remember to return the favor when you are feeling well enough to do so. This helps to alleviate that Guilty feeling we feel when we let others do for us.  (Info on Home Health Care Coming Soon!)
  4. Personal Business. If its not necessary and can be postponed, Post Pone It! And get some rest so you can come back Refreshed and don’t forget Fabulous!

 

 

Categories: Coping Mechanisms

What’s Good this New Year!!

New Years Toast, Resolutions, Dedications and Promises to be better are all part of bringing in the New Year. Everyone feels the need to take advantage of the New Year by promising to do things different, to correct what went wrong in the previous year or in some cases years. But this year, I am taking a different approach, I say REFLECT, REFLECT, REFLECT and then REFLECT some more. Be thankful for the good and the challening events that have happened in your life. I say this because I believe it is good to always examine things for a lessons learned opportunity. Examine the lesson and let them shape you into becoming a stronger, confident and excellent person. Examine all the good decisions you have made like eating right (To stay healthy not just to lose weight), working out (Gotta keep moving when you have Rheumatoid Arthritis) and being a blessing to others. Once you identify these things continue to do them and keep these items in the forefront of what you plan to do for the years to come.

Happy New Year!!!