Some answers

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When I think about how I’ve felt in the past six months (really, six months…hard to believe) and how many doctors I’ve seen during that time, I get to feeling a little discouraged.  I start asking myself if we’ll ever figure this out.  Well, I got a few answers this week.

I saw my doctor Monday because I was in so much pain…joint pain…just about every joint in my body.  She had me move around, doing some range of motion movements.  Then she said she wanted me to have some lab work done, checking for autoimmune ailments.  I went down to the lab where the tech proceeded to take about a gallon of blood (okay, I may be exaggerating a bit), vial after vial.  She said they’d be able to do some of the testing themselves but would have to send some of it off.

Then they called me later in the week to let me know that just about everything came back normal with the exception of the markers for rheumatoid arthritis.  So, okay…I don’t really know a lot about rheumatoid arthritis, but it doesn’t sound like it’s as bad as some of the other things.  Of course, that’s me talking when I know very little about it.

My doctor is setting up an appointment with a rheumatologist (?) for me, so I’ll know a lot more then…at least I hope I will.  I’ve put off doing any online research about it, not wanting to worry myself…the old ostrich with its head in the sand thing.  I suppose I ought to do a little research about it soon, you know, so I at least know what questions to ask.

I’m not sure if this is THE answer, but at least it’s part of the answer.

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12 Responses

  1. You’ve joined a large group of folks. It certainly is a painful disorder and I can relate somewhat to your statement that it could be worse. My predicament was a scare that I had bone mets (breast cancer hx.) so when I was told that I had osteoarthritis; I was relieved. The latter along with my dx. of osteoporosis are challenges and research and conferring with others who’ve been diagnosed and live a relatively active and pain free life was and remains extremely helpful. Take care and Happy Mother’s Day!!

    • Thanks, Carolyn…as I’ve begun to research RA, I’ve discovered how much I don’t know. I have yet to meet with the specialist so I don’t really know where to start…until then, I’ll continue to read info and blogs (who knew there were so many blogs out there dealing with RA or chronic pain?). I think those of us who share our stories do a wonderful service for others.

  2. Ouch! Poor you! I hope they’re wrong and it’s just something temporary.

    On the bright side though, I’ve heard that rheumatoid arthritis can be vastly improved with diet.

    *hugs* XX

    • Thanks, yeah, I’ve been reading about anti imflammatory diets and trying to incorporate foods that will help into my diet…oh, and eliminate foods that make it worse (that’s the tough part).

  3. I went through hell before I was diagnosed with thyroid disease–why would a twenty-something be so crazy tired all the time? It’s nice to have an answer.

    They’ll get you fixed up. In the meantime, rest! Go to this link on Mayo Clinic’s site. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/rheumatoid-arthritis/DS00020

    It has a section on how to prepare for your appointment. It’s a very good site. I used it to diagnose my tennis elbow (doctor said I was right, hehe).

    • Oh my gosh, we are so on the same page…the Mayo Clinic’s site was the first place I looked when I began doing some research…and I came across that exact link! Are we good, or what?

  4. I’m glad you finally have an answer. Good luck with the specialist. Hopefully, they can help you manage the pain.

  5. I am so happy they are finally (we hope) on the right track! My best friend was diagnosed with same after years of wondering what the heck was wrong. She is on some medication, but is also managing it with a drastic change in diet – no dairy, wheat, or sugar!- physical therapy, gentle exercise, massage and accupuncture. She feels that she has a much better control of the pain, and more control of her life again. I know she still has some bad days, but the good are outnumbering them now. Hang in there!! Sending positive energy your way!

    • Thanks for the positive response, Cheryl…I’ve heard so many negative, scary tales so it’s encouraging to hear how it’s possible to live a good life with this.

  6. I’m glad you’ve found some good sources of information. There’s so much on the internet, and not all of it is factual.

    • Yeah, I definitely don’t believe everything I read! And, I guess with RA, everyone reacts differently to treatment, so what works for one person might not do anything for someone else..yippee!

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