Arlene Grau

Miss Understood: Running Out of Options

I’ve learned with my conditions that the number of medications or treatments available to slow down the damage from my auto immune diseases is limited. In addition, not all of them work for me as they do for others and…

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My Story: Allergic to Life

I am 25 years old and have over 35 chronic pain conditions. I was born with cerebral palsy, but wasn’t diagnosed until the age of one — when I didn’t hit the typical milestones of sitting up or taking my…

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Pregnancy Can Raise Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Pregnant women carrying babies with a different genetic makeup in their immune systems may have a greater risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, according to new research being presented at the American Society of Human Genetics’ annual meeting in San Diego….

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FDA Approves New Anti-Abuse Label for Embeda

The Food and Drug Administration has approved new labeling for Pfizer’s Embeda extended-release capsules, an opioid pain reliever that combines morphine with naltrexone to discourage drug abuse. When taken properly, Embeda relieves pain by releasing only the morphine in the…

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Pills for Breakfast: My Affair with Opioids

I’m at the doctor’s office. It’s the second week of February, 2013. She thinks the sharp pain in my ribs is from an ulcer. Probably the result of taking 20 to 25 Advil a day for weeks on end when…

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