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I Have Rheumatoid Arthritis

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    Okay, Seriously, Ow!

    I learned about 10 yrs ago that I had RA.  I thought, okay, great, arthritis, I can deal.  It was all cool for many years until 2 yrs ago.  My body has taken a new turn and I'm confused.... Little did I know the life change I would have to see. Sure, ya, I read up on RA and...
    judebobb judebobb 41-45 1 Response Jun 10, 2012

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    You Would Never Guess!

    I have RA and I'm only 23. My life has been on paused for the last passed year. Although i was diagnosed at age 15, at age 20-22 i felt NO PAIN AT ALL. Believe me, I went dancing almost every weekend and i got a job that required me to stand for more than eight hours Why? because...
    Trina23 Trina23 22-25, F 2 Responses Sep 28, 2013

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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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    Hi I'm lee I'm new to this website,

    I've had JRA since I was 16 months old and I'm 31 now. I had a lot of ups and downs when I was a kid and also in my teens because of RA. The worst time in my life was when I was about 11 or 12 I stop walking because my my hips and knees
    Sykesy82 Sykesy82 31-35, M 1 Response Feb 27

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    Some Days Are Better Than Others

    i was diagnosed with jra (juvenile rheumatoid arthritis) at age 2, polyarticular. almost every joint in my body is affected except for my left shoulder & a few knuckles & toes. my disease is very obvious when i walk & i have extremely limited mobility. my knees only...
    kendra77 kendra77 31-35, F 11 Responses Aug 1, 2008

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    A Little Pain Never Hurt Anyone...

    After five minutes reading RA forums, I have to ask - is there a suicide club out there somewhere :) I've got pain in all the joints in my hands and wrists but it seems I have a lot more misery to look forward to! ? I can't stand on tiles because I already have bad feet so RA...
    revnice revnice 56-60 3 Responses Sep 28, 2013

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    My Two Sons And I Have Rheumatoid Arthritis So We Are An Achy Family.

    I have been suffering with intense exhausting pains in my joints and the unbearable heat of inflamed muscles from Rheumatoid Arthritis since I was 19. Prior to that i had corrective surgery for Ehler Danlos Syndrome type 3 , a equally painful affliction that causes unstable...
    tarlegs tarlegs 46-50, F 2 Responses Nov 27, 2013

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    19 Years Versus 2 Weeks

    I have Rheumatoid Arthritis.  I am amazed and terrified at the relentless fury of this illness.  My medical history reads like a Stephen King novel, and is not for the faint hearted, so I thought I should say some things about myself first. My great joys in life are...
    angelpower angelpower 56-60, F 5 Responses Dec 23, 2009

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    i was diagnosed april 2012 the same day my

    sister - in- law dies from her second bout with cancer. i knew there was something wrong back in my early 30's i just couldn't find the right doctor to confirm that it was RA everything test was borderline. i even stormed out of a doctors office cause he said it was all in my...
    phoebesmom12041 phoebesmom12041 41-45, F 1 day ago

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    It Will Take Everything...

    I was 27 years old when I first noticed something was wrong. I had lived in NYC during college and after being away for 6 years I was 2 weeks out from moving back when I woke up and couldn't move any limb or joint. It only lasted 24 hours so I moved as scheduled. I went another...
    KellyHe KellyHe 31-35, F 1 Response Aug 23, 2013

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    I'm 27 years old. Been having pain

    for awhile, over a year. Finally it got so bad I made an with my doctor. He heard me go through my symptoms, the pain, night sweats, fatigue, lack of appetite. He felt my knees and ankles and said I'm sending you to a rheumatologist. He told me was almost 99% sure I had RA but...
    caseylyn caseylyn 26-30, F 7 Responses Dec 15, 2013

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    Momma.

    Momma, you've passed down a lot to me. I've grown from a small, starry eyed baby into an intelligent young woman. Daddy gave me thick, curly hair; you gave it texture. Daddy gave me big eyes; you gave them color. Daddy gave me my skin color; you gave it glow. Daddy gave me...
    Kaile Kaile 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 11, 2011

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    RA Pain

    I was officially diagnosed last year, during semester break (October to November 2007): February 2006 - my fingers started to hurt, especially in the morning Summer (March to May 2006) - gone June 2006 onwards - the pain came back, I couldn't move my...
    privateeye privateeye 21-25, F 8 Responses May 13, 2007

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    It's not 100% yet. But this is what's primary

    doctor was suspecting. Anyone who has this, could you help shed some light on this for me? What are your experiences with RA? How do you cope? What helps relieve the pain? Etc. I've started having issues with my knees, and being sick a lot more than usual within the past 6...
    Philli8807 Philli8807 22-25, F 3 Responses Mar 3

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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 5 Responses Sep 8, 2012

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    Hello My Friends.

    My name is Jameel. I have skills and sound knowledge in natural herbs and remedies. I do not have RA. But I have worked and helped some who do. When I read some of your stories I feel sad deep inside. It must be terrible not to have control over your own body. All doctors give...
    CoolSunday CoolSunday 18-21, M Nov 9, 2013

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    Wow, Disability!!!

    My name is Glea, pronounced glee!!! I found out in September of 2012 that I have RA. I knew it before the Dr told me, but didn't want to believe it. I assumed that I wouldn't have any real problems until I was at least in my sixty's needless to say I was wrong. They did all the...
    gleaful gleaful 51-55 1 Response Jan 20, 2013

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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 46-50, F 3 Responses Oct 19, 2013

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    Hat It

    I hate that this crap will not go away !!! I hate it when people don't understand what you have, even after you have explained it to them. I hate when people think you are healed because you are not crawling today .. But,, thanks for the test... I will pass Thanks for...
    will957 will957 51-55 Apr 6, 2012

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    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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    Who Else Has Experienced This

    I keep wondering who else that has RA and trouble with rattling in your chest. For the most part it happens when I am trying to lay down to sleep or rest. It feels like my throat wants to close up and can barely breathe properly...... Anyone else have this problem!!!!
    willowrose13 willowrose13 36-40, F 2 Responses Sep 9, 2013

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    What Untreated Rheumatoid Arthritis Feels Like

    When I wake up in the morning, my knees are swollen to almost twice their normal size. The first few steps are agonizing, more of a shuffle than actual steps. My shoulders ache constantly, as does my neck. Not an ache, really, more of a sense of someone grinding a hot poker...
    ColoGrama ColoGrama 56-60, F 4 Responses Nov 2, 2010

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    I "beat" Rheumatoid 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 my...
    deleted deleted 26-30 15 Responses Jan 4, 2013

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    R.A. So Much To Learn.........

    Hi,i was diagnosed with R.A 4mths ago,but think ive actually had it for many years.I am on 8 methotrexate pw,Plaquenil 2x a day ,Prednisone 20mg to start but now cutting down to none,so on 5mg for the next week. Im also on Paracetamol and codeine 4hrly at the moment,for pain and...
    freeme333 freeme333 51-55 2 Responses Mar 7, 2013

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    Ra, Really?? Ive Got That In My Knee....

    Im Crystal and I am 34 years old. I was diagnosed earlier this year after having years of pain and inflammation. My PA at my local doctors office at first thought I had Lupus. She requested I get bloodwork done and check for Lupus as well as RA. The results came back and I was...
    miller957 miller957 31-35, F 2 Responses Oct 27, 2012

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    A Question

    I was wondering if any one is taking methotrexate and I was wondering if it is safe to take.
    tazspoon tazspoon 36-40 2 Responses Oct 9, 2013

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    Fighting The Battle For A Normal Life

    I was diagnosed with RA some time ago. I managed to stay off the really strong meds for a while, but am now working full steam with my doc to stay ambulatory and keep up with my grandchildren. I take remicaid infusions every eight weeks; 1cc of methotraxate once a week; 10mg of...
    RAtrooper RAtrooper 61-65 1 Response Jun 20, 2013

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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'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 Mar 15

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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 3 Responses Apr 17, 2012

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    Frustration And Pain

    I wake up everyday in pain and yet I'm still expected to get up and do all that I use to do. I don't sleep long enough to feel rested. Hard to remember what not being in constant pain is like. What is normal? For me it is PAIN!!!! I just want it to stop now. Keep waiting for...
    willowrose13 willowrose13 36-40, F 3 Responses Sep 7, 2013

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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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    Dx'ed with RA in the mi- 90s.

    ..started w/ rt index finger at the palm swollen and painful. The rheumatologist said ASA proved I had it, but didn't want to say or do anything else about it. My chiropractor put me on an extensive joint support supplement regimine right away and I haven't the subsequent joint...
    CrabbyOldBroad CrabbyOldBroad 56-60, F Feb 2

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    My RA Story

    I was "officially" diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis almost five years ago. In 1999, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, and successfully treated it and remained relatively pain-free using medications, exercise, and activity pacing. In 2003, I fell backwards down a flight of...
    JaynieBeth JaynieBeth 46-50, F 2 Responses May 24, 2013

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    Where To Start?

    Hello. My name is Raquel, I am 29 years old, and I have rheamatoid arthritis. Never in my life would I have ever thought that RA would impact me. I was just diagnosed as early onset and have had so many flare-ups... that if THIS is early onset, how in the world would I survive...
    MommaRaquel MommaRaquel 26-30, F 3 Responses Jul 22, 2012

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    Living With Ra

    My name is Kendra I am a 34 yr old mother of 5. In Noverber of 2011 I learn I had Ra. It started in Oct of 2010 my sholder was hurting very bad I went to the doctor and was told it was because I was lifting 20 pound of ice daily. It lasted for about 3 month and wouuld come and go...
    kembennett kembennett 31-35, F 4 Responses Apr 14, 2012

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    Don'T Know What To Do........

    I've been telling my family doctor and my rheumatoid doctor that I'm in pain. But they didn't listen. Last summer my crp levels were at 15.6 reading for inflammation levels. But they didn't think it was a problem. :( Now my levels are at 25 and now they are worried. I read...
    willowrose13 willowrose13 36-40, F 3 Responses Apr 3, 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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    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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    Living With Ra

    I was diagnosed with Rhuematoid Arthritis in February and been denying it until about a month ago. During a yearly family memorial barbeque I cuaght pneumonia and ever since then i've been cuaghing. It seems every day I'm tired, out of breath, as if it's not enough that my lower...
    nena2010 nena2010 41-45, F 4 Responses Oct 24, 2010

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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 Nov 9, 2009

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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 2 Responses Aug 14, 2013

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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

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    I Have Rheumatoid Arthritis

    I have been dealing with rheumatoid arthritis for 13 years. sometime I feel like I am all along and know one esle understand the pain and the heart ache that I live with every day. I will be nice to talk to someone who also live with this and maybe have somebody that I can talk...
    simmonsmary65 simmonsmary65 46-50, F 8 Responses Nov 25, 2013

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    Tracy

    I am 46 years old white female and have RA severe! I am celebrating my 20th annv. with this crap. I have had so many surgeries I stopped counting..no, really. I have replaced joints in both shoulders, both elbows, both hips, and both knees and also had one hip revision done...
    RATracy RATracy 46-50, F 3 Responses Mar 25, 2013

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    RA

    I was diagnosed with RA in December from being sick and rash on my face. I have been having severe pain in my knees for a couple years but the Dr. thought it was just arthritis never really tried to find out until the blood work came back and an MRI showed it. I see the...
    patches1971 patches1971 41-45, F 1 Response Feb 23, 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 1 Response Dec 8, 2010

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    Down Down Down

    i have been feeling so depressed about my ra lately. i feel like no one understands and is just tired of my complaining. no one seems to get it ya know? when i go to the store with my family they wont slow down so that i can be with them while shopping because they just wanna get...
    misspeyton misspeyton 26-30, F 3 Responses Oct 2, 2013

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    Growing Pains......yeah...

    So many years of being told its just growing pain, maybe you're just going through a growth spurt. 23 years old no more boxing or basketball because of the RA in my knees, so yeahhh...........growing pain :
    KidYamamoto KidYamamoto 22-25, M 5 Responses Jan 1, 2012

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    Confused???

    i was diagnosed in december, put on methatrexate and prednisone in march and had to stop the methatrexate suddenly, over the last several weeks ive begun to develop very strange (i think) symptoms.... ive developed severe allergies of the skin i.e. hives and serious itching, i...
    misspeyton misspeyton 26-30, F 3 Responses May 11, 2013

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    Fighting! :)

    Imagine everyday with chronic pain You can't, I know, and neither could I Until one morning I opened my eyes And from that day on the pain didn't subside I found myself on one rough roller coaster ride My heart filled with dismay, My whole world looking dark and gray In bed was...
    Nudg3 Nudg3 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 31, 2013

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    My doctor was finally able to pin down the problems making my arthritis worse. We both thought it was my anemia doing something with the arthritis but turns out we were wrong...
    TheWomanYouHate TheWomanYouHate 31-35, F 2 Responses Apr 1

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    I have Lyme disease (not LYMES as some people tend to call it). I was diagnosed in November 2011. My first symptom was severe vertigo. Also, I experienced painful arthritis, brain...
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    I was a wild dancer that loved to do powermoves. I am a member of a Breakers Crew. However I consider myself an ex dancer. Years ago I wanted to continue practicing powermoves, and...
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    I have spinal stenosis, degenerative disc and arthritis at L 4 and L5. Am allowed to have 3 shots for pain, then may be told that I need surgery. Am very leary of surgery, but...
    gibsoel gibsoel 66-70, F 1 Response Apr 9