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Conversation of the Week: Managing RA When You Have Other Chronic Conditions

Managing RA/RD when you also have other chronic conditions isn't for the faint-hearted. What other conditions do you live with and what are some of your favorite tips? Or just emoji with a heart so I don't feel so alone. Y'all are the best 💜!

  1. L.eanne, this comes at a time that truly makes me reflect . In fact, it has me creating a goal to take action. When diagnosed with RA, I was having chronic hives and then some joints started bothering me. Last night the hives started again and makes me wonder if joints will be bothered. I have a wait and see personality. I also have swollen glands and a nodule on thyroid that is starting to feel pressure, Hashimoto, where it is at. I also been putting up with digestive issues. I have put many different problems on back burner. Just by asking this, I will tend to the different autoimmune diseases. Thank you, love, elirose

    1. - It does feel like we need to keep all the balls in the air when juggling multiple conditions. And if we miss one, then one by one they all seem to pile on top of each other sometimes. It sounds like you really have your hands full between the hives, thyroid struggles, and tummy troubles. I've recently tried to take a step back and see if I can figure out how everything works together, and if there is some sort of "root cause" I could focus on. But like you said, sometimes some symptoms have to go on the back burner in favor of symptoms that are a bit "louder." But taking a look at your plan is always the best first step. Have you found any particular symptom to be the first signs of coming flares? I hope your nodule ends up just being random and magically goes away on its own. Sending you gentle hugs and thank you for participating in the conversation of the week! -Leanne (Team Member)

    2. Thank you so much for sharing your tips and experiences! I find benedryl helps me with many inflammatory things as well. Just be sure to double check with your doctor, just to be sure. 😀 Sometimes it always comes back to that old adage about the squeaky wheel.... Take care of yourself! -Leanne (Team Member)

  2. I have diabetes, Nueropathy, and stents In my heart.

    1. That is a complex list of comorbidities. Do you have any insights or tips to offer the community, particularly with RA and diabetes? Keeping the numbers in check along with avoiding inflammatory foods must be difficult, especially in the coming holiday season. Have you found a particular eating plan to be more helpful than another? I hope you are managing well today, you are in my thoughts. -Leanne (Team Member)

  3. CommunityMember, yes that is much to deal with . What amazes me is how much people with RA have to deal with , yet, how tough they are. Just to read what all these remarkable post to help and support makes me have a heart of gratitude to them. With all they endure, they reach out to help and make a community of support. thank you and all of you. Much appreciation love,elirose

    1. Too many to list here - we'll all be here all day. Ha ha. There isn't really some big secret I can share other than to say you take whatever comes day by day and try not to focus on what MIGHT come later, only what's there today to deal with now. Keep on keepin' on, DPM

      1. Wouldn't it be great if there was some magical answer to managing all the details!?!? Talk about best Christmas gift ever! Gentle hugs- Leanne

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