A Superhero’s guide to Rheumatoid

A Superhero’s guide to Rheumatoid


By Irwin Lim, Rheumatologist

At BJC Health, we spend a lot of time educating patients about their disease. In particular, we spend a lot of time at the time of diagnosis.

For a person living with a chronic disease like rheumatoid arthritis, understanding the consequences of the disease and what the body is going through is crucial in coping. From a rheumatologist’s point of view, it’s also crucial that a patient understands the need for appropriate treatment to avoid the dreadful consequences of the disease.

Typically, our rheumatologists & the rheumatology educator/nurse will perform the bulk of this education. We also use web-based resources and use the very good, disease & medication information sheets from the Australian Rheumatology Association.

A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled onto Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy’s website. The site details the “Adventures of a superhero on his journey through chronic pain and debilitating inflammation”.

This superhero has created a guide on rheumatoid arthritis. This will take 60 seconds to read. With Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy’s kind permission, I enclose it here for you.

I like it a lot & feel it may help my patients understand. What do you think?

Dr Irwin Lim is a rheumatologist and a director of BJC Health.

BJC Health provides a connected care multidisciplinary team philosophy to deliver positive lifestyle outcomes through a holistic approach to those with degenerative & inflammatory arthritis, tendon injury and lifestyle diseases. Our clinics are located in Parramatta, Chatswood and Brookvale. Contact us.

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  • http://www.thedoctorsrheum.wordpress.com TheDoctorsRheum

    Thanks for your recent comment on my steroid injection post. That article was done in the UK and I’m gathering from both those studies as well as the emphasis on PT on your site that maybe PT is more accepted outside of the US. I think we “couch potato” Americans often want the easy way out. It’s really hard for me to get patients to go to PT. In addition, it’s not fully covered by insurance and there is usually a $30 or so co-pay for each session which many patients can’t afford. I would love more physiotherapy opportunities for my patients!

    • http://bjcconnectedcare.com/ Irwin Lim

      Physiotherapy or physical therapy is an integral part of rheumatology in Australia. Costs of any service is always an issue (including costs to see a rheumatologist). Increasingly however, I think multi-discilpinary care is crucial for our rheumatic patients to achieve good long-term outcomes.

      Think knee stability exercises for osteoarthritis, core & pelvic stability improvement for chronic spinal disorders, specific exercise programs for ankylosing spondylitis, hand therapy for wrist disorders, preventing & rehabilitating muscle effects of chronic prednisone use, etc

      Gold standard care (I appreciate its easy for me to say this given the generous health system we have in Australia). I hope that as patients are educated about the reasons why these treatments are recommended, they will see the value in paying for the services.