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Jo J commented on the post, This Weird Reprieve 8 hours, 24 minutes ago

I have wondered, who would I be without the pain? Would I recognize my L hand if my thumb and wrist weren’t red and swollen? I had bad hip pain for a few years. After a hip replacement, years of PT and months of RA treatment my hips improved. Even when other joints flared. Too often I just seem to trade areas of pain.

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Franki King posted a new activity comment 11 hours, 14 minutes ago

It makes me happy that you are feeling positive! A diagnosis is often scary but also relieving! Now you can begin to treat your RA. You can definitely expect to try out different medications until you find the one that works for you. It takes time but you’ll get there! I wish you the best of luck. Keep us updated on how it goes. -Franki,…

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Franki King posted a new activity comment 11 hours, 19 minutes ago


I am so sorry that you are in so much pain. You have come to the right place to vent. You are a part of a community that understands exactly how excruciatingly painful and debilitating arthritis can be.

My advice to you is to always crack jokes and make people smile! Arthritis is, by nature, secluding because it’s an invisible disease and…

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MsDonato replied to the topic Is stiffness and swelling normally a symptom? in the forum Symptoms 20 hours ago

Thank you for the response! The only way I know I have swelling is in my fingers Is because, besides the obvious pain, my fingers feel swollen if I try to make a fist.
Like the the poster after me, I am also always in pain. My symptoms came on very fast. Started in May. I feel like I have been having a flare in since early July. I am keeping a…

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amypollock82 posted an update 20 hours, 21 minutes ago

As I sit here with a full bladder in a hospital bed, not wanting to get up to go pee because the pain in my joints overrides the needing to pee or deal with the pain to get there. I’ve officially invested in diapers with no shame (they even have flowers on them now).. I never actually realized how many joints are in a human body until my s…

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amypollock82 posted a new activity comment 1 day, 7 hours ago

Mmmm. I must disagree. I am not by any means suicidal. I Have a plan in place just in case and you know what
it makes me live, love and look at life so differently. I don’t want to miss out on a thing right now. If by chance this insane device starts to work to the point of mobility. Then I’m not going anywhere. But… having plans Is what get…

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Lawrence 'rick' Phillips posted a new activity comment 1 day, 8 hours ago


I am not for ceratin anyoen on this site cna offer suggestions. We have specific restrictions from making suggestions about medication since we are not doctors. I will say that our physicians are in the best position to make judgements about medication issues.

I hope you find a good alternative when you do speak with your…

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CynthiaV commented on the post, Energy Recovery 1 day, 8 hours ago

Congratulations Kelly! What wonderful news. And hooray for you for being so optimistic about outcomes. Often that’s half the battle. It’s easy to slide into pessimism with this disease so your positivity is an inspiration. I pray your new found energy continues and increases. Best wishes!