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I Have Rheumatoid Arthritis

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 477 People

    Defined By Rheumatiod Arthritis

    I was diagnosed with rheumatiod arthritis when I was 21 years old.  Unfortunately, I recently realised that rheumatoid arthritis effected me on a much deeper level than I first thought.  It was emotionally devastating for me to hear and accept the fact that I was...
    africanbeatle africanbeatle 26-30 1 Response Jul 13, 2010

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    First time here. I don't really know what to

    say, just feel as if I don't say something I will go crazy. I am on so much medicine and the only outward symptom I have is my thumb hurts. I don't blame people for doubting my illness, i doubt it myself.
    dees66 dees66 46-50, F 6 days ago

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    It's been hard lately.

    I'm back on medication, yay, but I almost feel like I'm actually doing worse. I started the meds, about.... 6-7 months ago. At first it was great! It helped so much! But for about 2 months now I've been in SO much pain. Fingers in terrible pain, having to wrap my wrist in an ace...
    happyinmyskin happyinmyskin 18-21, F Apr 3

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    I "beat" Rheumatoid Arthritis

    I noticed the first symptoms in 1996, I was twenty nine at the time. The doctor shrugged it off, saying "it's how you were made" but I was convinced he was wrong. After the pain spread from my little finger to my wrists I demanded to see a specialist but I was refused, the doctor...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jan 3, 2012

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    I was diagnosed at the age of 11.

    It is now just a few months shy of 10 years. Been a long and bumpy 10 years filled with medications, both crazy and fantastic doctors, days of hardly walking due to pain, nights of little sleep because of unbearable pain, and a lot of explaining to people what was "wrong" with...
    happyinmyskin happyinmyskin 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 24, 2014

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    I was diagnosed about three years ago.

    The pain and stiffness started years before that though. About a year after I was diagnosed the pain and stiffness got so bad that I could no longer do the soldering or cable fabrication that my job required. Due to the weakness and pain in my feet, knees, and hips I have...
    lyricaldemise lyricaldemise 36-40, T Oct 13, 2014

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    since I was 2 years old I've been diagnosed

    with RA... so I've been living with this for 20 years now. I have two hip replacements, but if i could i will gladly replace everything... I've been through several treatments like most of you, but now I just know pain will always be at my side... holding me tide. I have the...
    anaecu92 anaecu92 22-25, F Jan 4

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    Hi guys. So I have been diagnosed with

    rheumatoid arthritis at age 15. It all started with my right pointer finger and then spread to my neck, jaw, knees, back, shoulder, elbow, wrist, and ankles. So pretty much every major joint you need in order to move. I have gotten 4 MRIs and 3 X-Rays. Every now and then, I...
    nmey94 nmey94 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 1, 2014

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    I was dianogsed with RA

    when I was 18 months old, so it’s been a long time as I am now 19. I was diagnosed super fast and refered to a pediatric rheumatologist at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, Australia. Where I received al my treatment up until very recently. At the time of my initial...
    wayoflife95 wayoflife95 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 3, 2014

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    Curcumin Found Effective For Rheumatoid Arthritis

    http://www.lef.org/news/LefDailyNews.htm?NewsID=13014&Section=DISEASE&utm_source=DailyHealthBulletin&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Disease&utm_content=Body+ContinueReading&utm_campaign=DHB_120418 Curcumin Shows Promise Easing Arthritis Pain by Patrick B. Massey, M.D., Ph.D Chicago...
    conceptualclarity conceptualclarity 51-55, M 11 Responses Apr 20, 2012

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    my fingers are getting all cramped

    and stiff from scrolling through all these stories that I can so easily relate too, I'm loving tho site. <3
    wayoflife95 wayoflife95 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 3, 2014

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    Finding A Medicine That Works.

    Hi I have been diagnosed for about 5 years now. That last year I have difficult finding a medicine that will control my pain. I get so depressed at times when I want to live my life as it was. My doctor has tried 4 medicines now including Embrel, Simponi, Orencia and now going to...
    tmdunmire tmdunmire 51-55, F 3 Responses Oct 19, 2013

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    I'm just looking for someone to talk to

    that wont judge me and maybe tries and understands. I havent been able to walk now for about 8 yrs, I barely am able to get out of bed anymore. I think I might be depressed or something because I am just tired of pretending that I'll ever walk again. I could really use a...
    Melodyg1975 Melodyg1975 36-40, F 2 Responses Apr 27

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    Hi everyone. I'm wondering about

    when you first thought you had rheumatoid arthritis. What were your symptoms? When should someone got to a specialist? I have not been diagnosed and I'm not sure if I have rheumatoid arthritis. I don't think I have enough symptoms to go to the doctor yet. In the middle of July...
    trishanoel trishanoel 41-45, F 2 Responses Oct 19, 2014

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    I cannot believe how RA stopped me immediately.

    I worked out 3 times a week, played tennis twice a week until January when boom my wrists felt like I had fallen on them. GP thought it was polymyalgia rheumatica and gave me predisone. He then referred me to a rheumatologist who said it was severe RA. I am so thankful that...
    Debkimly Debkimly 66-70 2 Responses Mar 13

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    When I was first diagnosed I was always in

    so much pain I couldn't do much and I was on so many pills I couldn't keep track. My doctor finally only had me on methotrexate and omega-3 vitamins and it got better not great but better... After awhile I just stopped taking the methotrexate and started taking osteo joint ease...
    LilyAntoinette LilyAntoinette 18-21, F Aug 12

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    Everyone is different

    and everyone needs help in different areas.. Which best describes you? Not everyone needs the same products. It’s important to find your balance. Plexus products have all-natural ingredients! The biggest misconception about Plexus is that it's just all about weight loss...
    vero423314 vero423314 22-25, F Jul 16

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    I hope all my RA family have a great new year's

    even though today is another challenging day lets make the best out of it
    Irealle89 Irealle89 26-30, M Dec 31, 2014

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    I recently had to cancel my appointment with my

    specialist. She said I would have to find a new doctor if I cancelled again. I had to cancel because of finances. So I called to ask if I needed to and the secretary said I'm not sure if you do. I will call you within the hour. I haven't heard back from the office. So I...
    willowrose13 willowrose13 36-40, F 1 Response Oct 12, 2014

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    We Are Stronger Than Our Bodies

    I read these stories in here and i feel humbled to even "share my story." This is a bastardly disease for which 99% of the world does not give a second thought (or a first). I first want to recognize all of you out there who are struggling to get through each day each task at a...
    hopefulfighter hopefulfighter 36-40 2 Responses Nov 25, 2012

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    I'm so tired of struggling.

    My RA adventure started at age 5. And now I'm 31 and have had 6 joint replacements. I wish there was some type of RA convention for the young adults. If anyone wants to chat... Message me.
    TigerToomer TigerToomer 31-35, F 4 Responses Jun 17, 2014

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    I've been to the doctor twice this week

    and 3 more visits to go. I'm on 6 new meds so now I have to see how this works out. sometimes I feel like a lab rat but I try to look at the good side of it. The struggle we go through
    Irealle89 Irealle89 26-30, M 1 Response Jan 7

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    Arthritis – A Symbol Of Strength! By: Nudge

    When I first heard the words “I think you have arthritis” I couldn’t comprehend how arthritis could suddenly cripple a perfectly healthy and happy eighteen going on nineteen year old who had her life ahead of her. I just couldn’t believe it. When people hear the word...
    Nudg3 Nudg3 18-21, F 5 Responses Aug 14, 2013

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    Invisible? Uh, You Are Just Making It Up -.-

    Does it always have to be visible before your eyes to believe? Why can’t it be understood that someone might be in excruciating pain and yet smiling? Because that someone can be extremely strong! Does someone have to show visible disabilities for you to believe that, he or she...
    Nudg3 Nudg3 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 25, 2013

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    I'm in so much pain. Due to see the

    rheumatology nurse soon.
    kuroijukai kuroijukai 26-30, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    It's not even been a year with RA

    and it's terrifying really what is yet to come. I was diagnosed last summer age 19 and I'm still struggling to get my head around everything! the pain is unbearable and it's changed everything. i think the hardest thing is not having people to talk to who understand, which is...
    korchy korchy 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 13, 2014

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    Another morning in tears.

    Just bought a pretty bird solar light fixture, dropped and broke it because I have trouble holding things with RA hands. Third thing I broke this week. I know its the RA and not me, but it makes me feel stupid and clumsy, not to mention I don't need the extra work trying to...
    Pearl190 Pearl190 61-65, F 3 Responses Sep 5, 2014

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    I "beat" Rheumatiod Arthritis

    This is my own story, I wrote it on an old EP account and I've decided to post it again. I noticed the first symptoms in 1996, I was twenty nine at the time. The doctor shrugged it off, saying "it's how you were made" but I was convinced he was wrong. After the pain spread from...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Sep 8, 2012

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    I just want to know .

    . Are in this world have medicine for rheumatoid arthritis ... My mom is 60 years old she get RA more then 6 years until now she can"t to get healty anymore. I miss my mom to get health. Every month she get infuse. We also try medical tradisional . Acupuncture , injection MTX...
    MnQlim MnQlim 26-30 Mar 26

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    I got diagnosed with Rheumatoid/Reactive

    Arthritis in early 2012 aged 16 however my specialist now thinks I may have had it since birth. I have been through sulfasalazine, methotrexate, them both together, clinical trials (which had to be stopped because my liver REALLY didn't like it) then went back on to methotrexate...
    darlingbec darlingbec 18-21, F Nov 14, 2014

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    I was diagnosed Feb of this year 2014.

    After suffering for 4 years. And being told your knees hurt because you feel do these exercises etc. It never got better. I deal with all the krap that comes with it. It's hard feel so messed up inside with all the pain. My calf at night feel like someone it's constantly giving...
    withrow88 withrow88 41-45, F 2 Responses May 14, 2014

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    I'm so tired of being in pain.

    ...... I'm a bad person because I can't do everything I use to. I get in trouble for sleeping late in the day. For napping :( But my body hurts so much when it is night time. So I don't sleep. I usually can handle the pain. But lately I can't. I'm trying my best but the best...
    willowrose13 willowrose13 36-40, F 2 Responses Mar 15, 2014

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    I was in a serious auto accident in February

    2007. I had two spinal injuries from this accident, which required two spinal surgeries, at C-5 and L-4. In September 2009, I was diagnosed positive with the HLA genetics for (RA) Rheumatoid Arthritis. By January 2013, I was having serious problems with the (RA); tough...
    judyyork55 judyyork55 56-60, F 2 Responses Dec 21, 2013

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    Not Quite The End Of The World

    People have worse things.  The worst part was the two years I spent being sick and in pain before I was diagnosed. I was all but accused of being a drug-seeker, a hypochondriac, or both. It wasn't until my fingers started looking jacked up that I was diagnosed. Then a couple...
    donnadarko donnadarko 46-50 2 Responses Dec 8, 2010

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    I have rheumatoid arthritis.

    They found out when I was in kindergarten first they thought it was going pains. I had pain in my legs I could not get out of bed it was so bad. I went to sacred heart hospital a doctor found out I had arthritis. Now I help with fundraisers it's called 'Walk With me to Cure...
    RainbowWolf13 RainbowWolf13 13-15, F Aug 15, 2014

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    Living As Half A Person

    I thought I would write my feelings today as an example of what chronic illness can make us feel like. I hope you find it interesting. I usually feel that I cope quite well although I feel like this less and less lately. I almost feel like a caged animal who despite my attempts...
    gypsy127 gypsy127 46-50 2 Responses Apr 17, 2012

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    I Am Living With Ra Without The Killer Medications!

     I have commented before that I refuse the meds based on their terminal side affects.  I have been dealing with this for 8 years.  My last two children just turned 18 this past August.  I am currently working two jobs.  I am exhausted all of the time...
    nightowlinak nightowlinak 41-45, F 3 Responses Feb 25, 2010

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    JRA Since Age 2, Still Fighting.

    I was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis when I was 2. It's a disease that will never go away completely. In the past few years it's been worse than ever, bringing more and more joints out of rhemition and upping medications. I have been taking a weekly injection of...
    Lauraleelay Lauraleelay 18-21, F 3 Responses Oct 28, 2013

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    I can't even utter these words out loud yet.

    I was diagnosed exactly one week ago on my twentieth birthday. I am so scared of what to come. All I know right now is how much pain I am in. I don't want to be on steroids for the rest of my life. There are so many questions swirling around in my head. I've taken out a few...
    MsSandy MsSandy 18-21, F 4 Responses Oct 7, 2014

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    I hate having rheumatoid arthritis l been in

    pain so much lately l can bearly do anything
    donnaxc86 donnaxc86 26-30, F 1 Response Sep 7, 2014

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    The last couple of days have been the worst ever

    since being diagnosed with RA. My GP said my sacroiliac joint is inflamed and I can hardly walk. I'm in absolute agony just trying to get in and out of bed. Had hospital yesterday and the nurse went to the consultant to let her know and apparently the consultant said a sore back...
    JD3108 JD3108 22-25, F Dec 13, 2014

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    I was diagnosed in March this year.

    I was 19 at that time and my pain was just horrible. I couldn't do anything from walking to holding a cup or a simple pencil. It sucks to know that there's no way to cure this just to control it with meds for the rest of your life. I'm just too you young for this I'm only 20 but...
    Linaa29 Linaa29 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 18, 2014

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    For the last couple of days it's been

    so hard for me to move around so today I'm making it my mission to at least make a store trip and hopefully I can do a little more.
    Irealle89 Irealle89 26-30, M Dec 29, 2014

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    happy vday everyone even

    if your not feeling well today
    Irealle89 Irealle89 26-30, M Feb 14

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    was diagnosed with JRA,

    Glaucoma, and Uveitis at a very young age. The uveitis came first at age 7, then the glaucoma and JRA followed shortly after. The minute one flares the rest follow. I have been on countless medications including methotrexate which made me throw up within 10 minutes of taking it...
    Alma24 Alma24 18-21, F Sep 1, 2014

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    Just Diagnosed Ra After 12 Years Of Osteo

    I was just diagnosed yesterday after both my wrists were burning up below the thumbs at the tendons. I have had terrible joint pain for 12 years, mostly in my lower back, toes and thumbs. I've had terrible gout before. I have never had this type of tendon swelling. Do you get dry...
    chelseamae chelseamae 51-55, F 4 Responses