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I am experiencing short term memory loss. This loss preceded RA symptoms. Could the two be connected?
It is mid-July, and I was diagnosed in March. My rheumatologist is great, but I’ve only seen him once since diagnosis, and don’t see him again until September. He tells me I’m medically complex, which might explain my questions.
We’re still having a heatwave. Temperatures of 30 centigrade and so so humid. This is England for goodness sake, not Florida. Humidity is crippling me as I can’t breathe. Never thought I’d long fo rain. My pain won’t ease until it does. Aaaargh!
I told my wife just the other day that I would give a weeks worth of pay for just one day without something hurting. Oh, well life goes on and no use wishing for something we can’t have, huh???
Wren, Your theory makes sense to me. I also notice changes in what I call my hurt level as the barometric pressure rises. At those times, even during a heat wave like we are experiencing now, I just want to crawl under the covers and get warm. The air conditioning vents in the car also bother my hands and arms.
I hear you. I feel your pain. This has been a challenging year for me – my husband had a spinal fusion and that took alot out of him, but the same amount out of me. I had to take on all the work around the house and I still am, 4 months later. Plus I have a new position at work and it’s great, but very busy and stressful. I had a blood test…
I was 2 when I got diagnosed with JRA. I went in and out of remission mostly in my adulthood. During my childhood I had to mostly sit on the sidelines watching my peers wishing I could join in. After high school I […]
Have you checked with your insurance if they cover acupuncture? Mine does…they cover it 100% after I’ve met my deductible/out-of-pocket. Haven’t met OOP yet though, like I usually do by this time of year. Long frustrating story…
Thanks, Kelly! I’m glad it’s helped you. Unfortunately right now I can’t afford it so I’ve stopped going. Hopefully I can start up again soon.
Love, love, LOVE this article Monica- did you write it for me?!! Seriously thanks. I have often had those same thoughts and right now I may just choose sleep!
Love, love, LOVE this article Monica- did you write it for me?
Rick, you may a really good point that acupuncture and other integrative/alternative treatment options can be expensive. Some health insurance plans will provide some coverage for these treatments. Another option is to use a flexible spending plan to help defray costs. This is a serious barrier to many treatments that can be helpful, so is a…
Many good points here, MS! Various integrative medicine options can be helpful. I also find massage very helpful and go once a month (wish that I could afford more often!). I think it’s good to try different things and see what works. Sometimes we have to give therapies/treatments time to see if the benefits come. Thanks for sharing. Best, Kelly…
Interesting article, Angela! I have found acupuncture helpful in the past. Think it is different for everyone, but for me the benefits increased with time and being able to go regularly. It helped with pain and swelling, particularly for me. Hope it helps! Best, Kelly (RheumatoidArthritis.net Team)
Thanks so much MS. I couldn’t agree more that music brings us joy–even when we may not be feeling well due to the RA. I also am grateful that piano lessons taught me how to read music. 🙂 It’s something that I can enjoy and appreciate throughout my live. Music has been a great gift. Best, Kelly (RheumatoidArthritis.net Team)