A local group of the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society
16th November 2017 -
We looked forward to 2018 and the topics for our meetings.
21st September 2017 -
A copy of Janice’s presentation is available by clicking here.
20th July 2017 -
18th May 2017 -
Dr Rao gave an interesting and enlightening talk, to a large turnout, on the effects of RA on the rest of our body and organs… and also an insight into her pastime… bird watching. RA can affect parts of our body but, is much less common under today’s care from rheumatology staff and medication prescribed today. Early diagnosis of RA, tight control of disease activity, annual reviews and lifestyle modifications all help in minimising the effect of RA on our bodies. A Q&A session was held by Dr Rao. Thank you Doctor Rao.
A copy of the presentation used can be seen by downloading from here.
16th March 2017 -
19th January 2017 -
17th November 2016 -
15th September 2016 -
Our guest speakers this month were the fantastic BADRAG supporters, Angela and Joan, our Clifton Hospital Nurse Practitioners. They had attended the BSR (British Society for Rheumatology) in Glasgow earlier this year. They reported back to us on some of the sessions they attended at the conference.
Joan reported on the drugs that have been used to treat RA. In the past there was Analgesics. Currently DMARDS, Anti-
Jakinibs are taken by mouth and block the enzymes JAK1, JAK2, JAK3, and tyrosine kinase 2, which play a role in the cell-
Angela gave us a timely reminder of self-
Joan and Angela then answered questions from those attending. With thanks from Lyn, it is hoped that Joan and Angela will be back to teach us more.
21st July 2016 -
Lyn has been doing Tai Chi for quite a few years and offered explain the basics to us and stressed the benefits this low impact and slow exercise was for those with RA. The gentle, flowing movements in Tai Chi promote relaxation, stress relief and conscious awareness of the present moment. Tai Chi may help reduce stress, depression and anxiety, improve your balance and coordination, lower your blood pressure and promote better sleep, among many other benefits. Because it is a gentle, low-
Starting with its history, Lyn demonstrated a few of the movements and we all joined in! The advantage of this exercise was that it can be done whilst sat in a chair, which Lyn explained that these movements can almost be completed anywhere -
Thank you Lyn
19th May 2016 -
17th March 2016 -
Our guest speaker tonight was the newest member of the Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre rheumatology team, Dr Jeffries. He had agreed to speak to BADRAG on a topic that is very familiar to RA sufferers, pain.
After introducing himself and giving a brief summary of his working career, letting us know his hobbies include photography and his 1964 Morris Minor, he treated us to an explanation of why we get pain and why it occurs -
After answering questions, group coordinator proposed thanks to Dr. Jeffries and invited him back soon. Thank you Dr. Jeffries.
21st January 2016 -
An usual meeting this month for BADRAG. It was to learn from attendees what they wanted from BADRAG meetings and which speakers they would like to invite. A number of suggestions were received and group organisers had a number of new ideas to consider. Looking forward to 2016….
19th November 2015 -
Has it been five years since BADRAG was formed? We have had so many interesting and informative speakers to our meetings. So for this months meeting, we had a ‘Birthday Party’. With bingo, raffle, nibbles and plenty of our friends and supporters, the evening was a great success. With the donations and participation in our raffles, our friends and supporters have allowed us as a group to make a donation to NRAS that allows them to continue their support to all those living with RA, now and in the future.
17th September 2015 -
One of BADRAG’s great supporters, Janice, gave an absorbing talk on ‘Putting Research into Practice’.
Explaining ‘What is research?’ and the guidelines under which the research is performed, she went on to inform us how research into RA has benefited us -
An interesting fact revealed was that 85% of us do not understand what the doctor has told us and 50% leave the clinic unsure of what to do! (Quite frightening really -
Research has bought us Biologics, the variety of RA drugs used in RA and how best to manage the disease. Changes proposed for the treatment and monitoring of those with RA include early diagnosis, treatment pathways using ‘Treat to Target’, expansion of nursing services, telephone hotlines and annual review clinics -
Thank you once again Janice for your informative and interesting talk.
16th July 2015 -
It had been some time since our previous ‘group forum’ type meeting so, this month we shared our experiences of living with RA. There were a number of examples given… disappointment with the prescription ordering and collection service from their chemist, rheumatoid nodules, biologics and the problems these bring, opening bottles, PIP process. An interesting topic was that raised by one attendee was their decision to manage their RA through diet rather than prescription medicines. This was met with extreme interest from those at the meeting with consideration as a topic for a future meeting. Thanks to all those who attended and their participation. See you at our next meeting.