This section of Dragon Claw attempts to look at chronic pain associated with rheumatoid disease and lupus from a number of angles, particularly from a patient’s perspective. We urge you to consider the material and always speak to your medical professional to check on your thoughts and observations.
From talking to our members and from reading research material we can make the following observations:
The online electronic disease reference for doctors called “UpToDate” refers to patients with rheumatoid arthritis as having a low pain threshold. We disagree with this broad and apparently untested position. Indeed, we think that many of our members have developed a higher ability than “normal people” to carry pain. The UpToDate comments lead, we believe, to GP’s under estimating the degree and severity of pain associated with our conditions.
Below you will find an expanding list of links and articles. We have provided global and local links to organisations we consider provide useful information and support. These will be updated from time-to-time. The articles provide patient centric insight to various aspects of pain. These articles will be added to on a regular basis.