hello! I'm new here, was diagnosed last week. reading your stories has really helped but I still feel a bit scared and ... stunned?
some backstory. last autumn I've had chronic pyelonephritis worsen due to a kidney stone so I've been getting treatment for it since that time. In october the CRP was 14 and a physician told me to visit a rheumatologist. I did, anti-CCP showed 99 but the hip joints X ray was clear. After that my condition got worse and I was hospitalized a couple of times. Finally this past week I made it to the other rheumatologist and she immediately told me I've got RA after looking at my hands and the anti-CCP test. I'm taking plaquenil and sulfasalazin, the usual. it makes me a bit light headed and nauseous but it's okay I guess.
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