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I Have Rheumatoid Arthritis

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 3 Responses Oct 9, 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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    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 1 Response Mar 15

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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 4 Responses Jul 22, 2012

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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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    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 has been awhile since I last posted anything.

    I find it helpful to hear other people tell their stories. I understand what your going through with your doctors. I recently went to see my specialist. What a waste of time and money, I drove 3.5 hours to be seen for 5 minutes. She never even checked out my swollen joints...
    willowrose13 willowrose13 36-40, F 1 Response Jun 9

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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

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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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    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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    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'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

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    I have RA and was in remission on Embrel

    for 10 years. It has stopped working and I'm trying other things. I'm having problems with my vision and am wondering if others have as well and if so, what helps. Thanks!
    madris30 madris30 51-55, F May 19

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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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    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 Apr 21

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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

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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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    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 2 Responses Feb 25, 2010

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 61-65, F Feb 2

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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 3 Responses Aug 14, 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 3 Responses Oct 27, 2012

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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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    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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    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

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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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    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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    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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    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

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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 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

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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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    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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    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 2 Responses Sep 5

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    Ra Since 2001

    My symptoms came on very suddenly and got bad very quickly. I started on plaquinel and prednisone, then to sulfasalizine, then to methotrexate. Never really had any side effects from the medicine but none of the medicine other than predisone helped. Every time they tried to...
    Havasmoke Havasmoke 56-60, M 1 Response Feb 9, 2011

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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