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Diagnosed at 39

I was in hospital for something totally unrelated buy had a number of blood tests done. A Dr came to me and said "did you know you have rheumatoid arthritis?" Excuse me what! The only symptom I had was a swelling on my lower right arm that remained hot to the touch. Not long after the symptoms came thick and fast. Currently diagnosed with Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis along with Fibromyalgia.

  1. Oh my, , that sounds like it came as quite a shock to you! What a way to get a diagnosis and start to experience symptoms. How are you managing currently? Are you on a treatment that is bringing you some relief? Please know that our community is here for you, and don't hesitate to reach out any time! -- Warmly, Christine (Team Member)

    1. I just want to echo Christine's words, . I do hope you are getting treatment and that your symptoms are under control. I know that's easier said than done when it comes to RA, but I truly hope you are doing well, overall.

      Best, Erin, RheumatoidArthritis.net Team Member.

      1. Hi . I want to echo Erin and Christine in asking if you have been able to start treatment? The fact that you were diagnosed early can be a blessing (I know, of course, that it doesn't feel that way). As noted in this research article, earlier treatment is paramount to avoid joint damage: https://rmdopen.bmj.com/content/1/Suppl_1/e000057. In addition, I want to share with you this article which has advice for the newly diagnosed from some of our patient leaders: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/advice-for-newly-diagnosed and this roundup of Forums on support for the newly diagnosed: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/forum-roundup-pain-newly-diagnosed.

        I also want to note that you are not alone here in experiencing other conditions, like fibromyalgia, in conjunction with/comorbid with RA. While fibromyalgia is not considered an autoimmune condition, it is often treated by rheumatologists, so, hopefully, your doctor can help with both. The main thing I want to let you know is that people here understand and this community is here for you with information and support. Please feel free, if you like, to keep us posted on how you are doing and to ask questions. Best, Richard (RheumatoidArthritis.net Team)

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