Well, okay…that’s not exactly the truth. What I should have said was that I have yet to see the specialist so I’m not really sure where we go from here as far as the medical treatment goes…but, as you can see, that would be entirely too long for a title.
However, I do have information…I had no idea there was so much info out there about RA. (Makes sense since I never really gave it a thought before, right?) My first stop was the website of the Mayo Clinic and there’s an abundance of information there. I’ve also visited the sites of several other hospitals (Cleveland Clinic being one since I have a friend who has a son who was treated there for several years and I know how well-respected their pain management program is) to gather info. I’m trying not to become immersed in this…I’d prefer it not control my life. But knowledge is power….who said that, anyhow?
And then there are the blogs! Oh my goodness, I had no idea how many wonderful people are willing to share their journey with us. It really does help to hear from folks who live with this from day to day. Doctors are one thing, having gone to school and been in practice for a while, but people who live with rheumatoid arthritis have a unique perspective. Those who are in the trenches are sometimes better able to provide encouragement and suggestions.
After doing some research, I realized how dumb I was. When the doctor told me it was rheumatoid arthritis, I thought it was no big deal. I’d be able to pop a few pills and continue on my merry way (and that could be what happens…will have to see how it runs its course). Then I began reading. Whoa! I had no idea it could be so serious. But, I’m trying to remain positive…no use worrying about things that may never happen. See the specialist and then proceed from there. Hey, really what else is there to do?
- Improving Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms (fanipuasarri1211020005.wordpress.com)
- Time to Rally the Troops. (texasgingersjoints.com)