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Principles for the Struggle

...My shoulder throbbed, the nerves frantic and frayed. I had never felt so worn out, fatigued, and exhausted. My wife was sound asleep in the hospital bed next to me, our brand new baby boy curled up on her chest. As I stared at the ceiling, wide awake after the ordeal of delivery, the flashing lights...

A Diagnosis Story

... tests, which confirmed a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis. That day I met my rheumatologist who followed me until adulthood and one of many..., but this child was very sick with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. It scared my mother and resonated with her even before I was diagnosed. Finally, after...

Diagnosing RA

... are solely those of their authors. Unfortunately, there is currently no single blood test or physical test that is used to confirm a diagnosis...), complete blood count (CBC) as part of a patient’s assessment. In addition to laboratory testing, the diagnostic process includes imaging, physical...

What degree of RA do I have?

...I was diagnosed with RA in late March/early April this year. My RF was 33 and my sed rate was 40. Can you please tell me what this means as to what degree of RA I have. My rheumy put me on Methotrexate....

RA Diagnosis

... the diagnostic criteria for RA. RA cannot be diagnosed on the basis of a single test or symptom. Two key medical organizations involved in RA diagnosis... history Physical examination Diagnostic testing (laboratory testing and imaging)   RA diagnostic criteria Diagnosis of RA is made primarily using...

Migratory gout…

...I really feel for you all reading your stories. I am still in the area of the unknown regarding an RA diagnosis but can’t imagine what else... diet. Within 8 days I had a throbbing toe. Doctor diagnosed gout. I had never had a joint pain in my life before this. Yet, I also noticed I had a stiff...

Once you open the door, there is no turning back!

...My story starts in January of 2013. I had noticed some swelling in my hands, which quickly spread up my arms, then my legs, ankles, and feet. In the course of 12 hours I had put on 20lbs of swelling. It was concerning enough that my family Dr. sent me to the E.D. where they had admitted for heart...

Hate RA and OA

...Hi all! My name is Caroline and I’m 41 post menopause for 8 years. Since going thru menopause, I’ve developed RA and OA as well as an under active thyroid plus I live on my own. I noticed problems about 6 months post op. Fatigue was an issue. My hands, back and knees, well everywhere...

Recently diagnosed

.... The doctor told me that it is a clinical diagnosis and I have all the symptoms of early signs of RA. I sat there and cried, I felt so embarrassed. I...I’m 23 years old and was recently diagnosed with RA. It all started one morning when I woke up and my pinky was inflamed and hard to bend,I...

Hit me like a truck!

... for long after my diagnosis. I was extremely lucky and was was awarded my social security disability benefits quickly—only took 6 months total time. I...That’s what my primary doc said to me back when I was diagnosed with RA in the Fall of 1999. And yes, I did feel like a truck had hit me. My...

Love Conquers All

... of struggling with pain & weekly visits to my GP for pain relief in any form I could get, fighting with doctors to get a diagnosis. I was finally diagnosed...

Is this really happening

...I’m a 20yr old diagnosed with RA beginning of this year. I was always sick with something when I was at college never thought much... appointment as I’m not priority, is that even fair to say. Priority. Anyway, back to the doctors again. Literally a month ago I then got diagnosed...

So many answers!

... on the joints of my hands and severe “trigger finger” in both index fingers. “Too much video game playing!” was his diagnosis.... Despite these “diagnoses” I still felt that “something wasn’t quite right” in my body. Finally at my wife’s insistence...

Twenty-Four Years Old With RA!

...I gave birth to a beautiful little girl on August 2014. Unfortunately after labor my left hand started hurting, my middle finger was shaking and little by little my risk was getting swollen. I mentioned it to the nurses in the hospital but they didn’t do much only gave me ice packs. A few...

RA POSITIVE, rest of blood work normal, no diagnosis

...Hoping for answers… My story began just a few months ago. I woke up one morning with my right big toe kinked, felt like it came out of its socket. I thought maybe I slept wrong. Tried wiggling and it finally snapped back into place. This went on every morning with lots of discomfort creeping...