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I Have Rheumatoid Arthritis

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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...
    MommaRaquel MommaRaquel 26-30, F 3 Responses Jul 22, 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...
    korchy korchy 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 13

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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...
    misspeyton misspeyton 26-30, F 3 Responses May 11, 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...
    tarlegs tarlegs 46-50, F 2 Responses Nov 27, 2013

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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...
    Philli8807 Philli8807 22-25, F 3 Responses Mar 3

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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...
    patches1971 patches1971 41-45, F 1 Response Feb 23, 2013

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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...
    JaynieBeth JaynieBeth 46-50, F 2 Responses May 24, 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...
    Nudg3 Nudg3 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 25, 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 2 Responses Oct 9, 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...
    willowrose13 willowrose13 36-40, F Mar 15

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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...
    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...
    misspeyton misspeyton 26-30, F 3 Responses Oct 2, 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...
    hopefulfighter hopefulfighter 36-40 2 Responses Nov 25, 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...
    donnadarko donnadarko 46-50 1 Response Dec 8, 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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 Responses Sep 8, 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...
    nena2010 nena2010 41-45, F 4 Responses Oct 24, 2010

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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...
    judyyork55 judyyork55 56-60, F 2 Responses Dec 21, 2013

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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...
    Nudg3 Nudg3 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 14, 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...
    RAtrooper RAtrooper 61-65 1 Response Jun 20, 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...
    Kaile Kaile 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 11, 2011

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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...
    KellyHe KellyHe 31-35, F 1 Response Aug 23, 2013

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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...
    willowrose13 willowrose13 36-40, F 3 Responses Apr 3, 2013

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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...
    CoolSunday CoolSunday 18-21, M Nov 9, 2013

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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...
    Sykesy82 Sykesy82 31-35, M 1 Response Feb 27

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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...
    willowrose13 willowrose13 36-40, F 2 Responses Sep 9, 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...
    privateeye privateeye 21-25, F 8 Responses May 13, 2007

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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...
    angelpower angelpower 56-60, F 5 Responses Dec 23, 2009

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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...
    revnice revnice 56-60 3 Responses Sep 28, 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...
    gleaful gleaful 51-55 1 Response Jan 20, 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...
    ColoGrama ColoGrama 56-60, F 4 Responses Nov 2, 2010

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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...
    gypsy127 gypsy127 46-50 3 Responses Apr 17, 2012

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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...
    simmonsmary65 simmonsmary65 46-50, F 8 Responses Nov 25, 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...
    KidYamamoto KidYamamoto 22-25, M 5 Responses Jan 1, 2012

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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...
    judebobb judebobb 41-45 1 Response Jun 10, 2012

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    My Cure of RA With Autohemotherapy - I am very happy to share with you my experience and answer all your questions. Let me begin by telling you that my state of residence in...
    ivicedillo ivicedillo 36-40 3 Responses Feb 8, 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...
    will957 will957 51-55 Apr 6, 2012

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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...
    tmdunmire tmdunmire 46-50, F 3 Responses Oct 19, 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...
    Lauraleelay Lauraleelay 18-21, F 3 Responses Oct 28, 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...
    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...
    africanbeatle africanbeatle 26-30 1 Response Jul 13, 2010

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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...
    miller957 miller957 31-35, F 2 Responses Oct 27, 2012

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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...
    freeme333 freeme333 51-55 2 Responses Mar 7, 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...
    CrabbyOldBroad CrabbyOldBroad 56-60, F Feb 2

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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...
    Trina23 Trina23 22-25, F 2 Responses Sep 28, 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...
    RATracy RATracy 46-50, F 3 Responses Mar 25, 2013

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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...
    kembennett kembennett 31-35, F 4 Responses Apr 14, 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...
    willowrose13 willowrose13 36-40, F 3 Responses Sep 7, 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...
    conceptualclarity conceptualclarity 51-55, M 11 Responses Apr 20, 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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 15 Responses Jan 4, 2013

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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...
    chelseamae chelseamae 51-55, F 4 Responses Nov 9, 2009

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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...
    caseylyn caseylyn 26-30, F 7 Responses Dec 15, 2013