I was recently diagnosed with osteoporosis and found the information about the disease and treatments helpful. I had no idea there were so many treatment options! Now I have lots more things to talk about with my doctor. It's hard to ask questions when you don't know anything. Sally in NJ

I came across your site while looking for information on dry, scaly skin. I have had patches of this off and on for years. Recently, my fingers have begun to ache. I figured it was the beginning of arthritis, even though I was hoping not, since I'm only 47. Now I wonder if it's this psoriatic rheumatoid arthritis you wrote about. I already have an appointment set up with my doctor. Thanks for making me go see about it! Jenine T.

I am one of those millions of people who suffer from chronic back pain. I have read a lot on the subject, and while I didn't really learn much new from your site, I found it quite comprehensive compared to some others I've seen. It's nice to have sites which have a bunch of information for people to read without having to search too far. Zach, 52

Nice site. I'd like to see some information on other autoimmune illnesses, like Lupus. There are so many of them, I think it'd be helpful for people. Thanks.

I appreciate sites like this which are all-inclusive - that have general information as well as treatment info. I'm a bit of a health junkie and like just learning basic info about things in the medical field. I get tired of reading Wikipedia, though. Lol. Thanks. Had never heard of psoriatic rheumatoid arthritis before. Natelie

My mother has had lower back trouble for years, but it's been better the last 12 months or so. Interesting that's about when she switched her antidepressant to Cymbalta, and I see it's now being used to help back pain! A two for one med - finally! E.C. in Memphis

Thanks for keeping the meds updated on here. They change so fast and can be used for so many things it's hard for non-doctor types to keep track of it all. It's also a good thing to see someone mentioning the issues of long term side effects and that many drugs are taken without anyone even knowing what they will be. Better to be safe and take nothing than end up in one of those class action law suits!

How about some more focus on kids and rheumatoid arthritis? My son was diagnosed at 13 and there are more kids with it than I ever imagined. I have a hard time finding much dedicated to kids with the disease and how/if treatment should be different for them. I trust his doctors, but like to read up on my own, too.

My dad has refused to go see a doctor about his bone density and osteoporosis that I am sure he has. I am showing him this site. It's nice it's written so he can understand the importance of knowing just where he and this disease stand, even if he then decided to do nothing. I know it will get worse. I'm just trying to find some way for him to realize it. CarolAnn

I've been told for years that I should have back surgery, but I am petrified to go through with it. I'm wondering about the negative consequences of it - I know there are lots - but it's hard to understand some of those really medical sites. It's a spinal fusion between my L-2 and L-3 vertebrae. Tamika S.