You've hit a milestone! 6000 of you now have joined the NRAS HU community

You've hit a milestone! 6000 of you now have joined the NRAS HU community

Congratulations for building a true Rheumatoid Arthritis health movement in HealthUnlocked!

Whenever you write a post, ask a question or reply to someone, you are touching the lives of other people with Rheumatoid Arthritis by spreading the benefit of shared, personal health experiences. And beyond that you have built a resource that will benefit people for years to come.

It's been wonderful to see the community thrive. Keep up the great, supportive network you started!

Feel free to comment below and let us know what you think about the achievement.

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  • congratulations you have been a god send for me on my good and bad day you are all there for me thank you

  • Nice to have another online group of like minded people to communicate with. Hopefully we'll be able to support each other.

  • Thanks Simone, we are really pleased that so many people are using our community and hope we continue to grow and help more and more people with rheumatoid arthritis!

    Best wishes,

    Ruth Grosart

    NRAS Digital Media Coordinator & HU Admin

  • Well done everyone, this is the best RA/RD forum I know of - and it's based in the UK.

  • well done NRAS not sure what i would have done without this site, is there an yearly meet up on here if not i think we should start one, :)

  • NRAS have a members day every year. Unfortunately I have not been able to make it yet, but hope to one day.

  • Well done NRAS. This is a brilliant site and has helped me and so many others. It's great to know I am not alone. Everyone who replies with suggestions or advice are always genuinely supportive and concerned for each others welfare.


  • Congratulations!! Thanks must also go to the support team at NRAS past & present for all their help & support.

  • Well done to all! This site has been so helpful and supportive in so many ways and I for one would have struggled a lot more with my recent RA diagnosis and with making sense of all the medical appointments/details. I would definitely have felt so much more alone and mentally fragile without this resource so it's a Hugh THANK YOU! From Ali :) :) :)

  • Thanks everyone for your lovely comments! It's great to hear how helpful the site is to you and we think its a really important resource! You are all really supportive of each other and help keep the site going so thank you for your support in this.

    Best wishes,


  • A great place to be, CONGRATULATIONS

  • Congratulations. This forum has been a life saver. Everyone is so friendly and helpful, don,'t know what I would've done without it. Thank you xx

  • Congratulations and thanks for all the support x

  • this site is brilliant i have a look every day and read the posts and musnt forget congradulations to u all its a lifeline especially when u are feeling down so glad i found you lv mary xx

  • Just to add to your comment Mary, since this post we've had a little short of another 8000 members joined, that's in only 2 years, proof again if it were necessary what a good support this site this is, it's members too of course!

  • nomoreheels unbelievable 8000 members shows how much this site is needed i wish i had heard of it 9 years ago how long has this site been running for hospitals are so over run they havent time to answer a lot of questions its not there fault they so short of staff i go to southend hosp and they are lovely they do there best i cant remember how i came across this site no one told me about it lv mary xx

  • I think they've been with HU since 2011. I happened upon it when living abroad so that would be about 2010 but it was in a different format from how it Is now. I was rootling round the internet & found it again but I could only read the unlocked posts as for some reason it wouldn't allow me to join at that time. My Rheumy has had NRAS posters on her consulting room walls from time to time but of course I was already a member!

    A happy New Year to you Mary, hope it's better one for you. x

  • thank you i also hope u have a good pain free 2017 xx

  • hi just wondered if u have heard of having blood pressure taken over the top of jumper sleeve ity would be grateful mary xx

  • I never have had it taken over clothing Mary because when I have an appointment with my GP, Practice nurse or Rheumy, or any other appointments where I'm likely to be examined or have my BP taken I always wear something loose or that can be easily taken off so my arm can be bared. This is only because it makes sense to me rightly or wrongly that a more accurate reading can be taken when the cuff is on bare skin. I admit though I've been told before by my Rheumy nurse when lifting my sleeve for that I don't need to but have done anyway.

    I can understand though it's more likely to be taken over clothing nowadays, particularly in a male GP/female patient situation & he doesn't want to ask his patient to strip off so he can take it properly but do question where did the trust go?!

    Has this happened to you & did you have an inaccurate reading do you think?

  • thank you nomoreheels i didnt think it was right been having probs with high blood pressure for long time so i am always being checked first time it was done that way and it was a woman doctor also she said blood pressure was fine which very unusual i am not worried about it more curious anyway will be back on 23rd jan for blood tests and they will check it again hope u r doing well and not in any pain thanks again mary xx

  • Then maybe wear something loose so that it can be taken on your bare arm from now. My BP has in the past been bob on, even through all my fertility treatments, though they were always done with the mobile stand sphygs you generally see in hospitals. Lately though since starting leflunomide I've had some odd readings though my last one was acceptable, still not my norm so pretty sure it's affecting my BP which is fine as it's a common side effect, as long as an eye's kept on it that is!

    I am bothered with a bit of pain today but it's easing as the day goes on with heat on it. Hope you're ok. x

  • yes u r right next time i will go in with my sleeve rolled up lol its funny really rhumy dont say much on bp and they always write on my form to be expected but doc takes it more serious so it probely to do with ra or medication but they keep there eye on us anyway with all our blood tests sorry to hear u been in pain today glad its easing off now yes i ok morning is the worst thank u once again for your help take care hope doggie is well mary xx

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