Hello. I was diagnosed with JIA nine years ago in my hands(wrists and fingers) and feet(ankles and toes).
Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms progressing
For a couple of years the pain and mobility have been going downhill. It seems really random; some days my fingers are awful and other days it's my wrists
, but it's all been getting consistently worse. Doing fine motor things is difficult for me, like writing, typing, opening doors, and I dread having to wash my hair.
Managing school and work with RA
For the last couple years I have been doing part-time online school
. I really enjoy it, but it is slow going as I have to skip days because the pain is too great, and I can't seem to do anything when my hands aren't 'warm'.
The only thing that seems to help is scorching them with a heating bag. Focusing/concentrating has been difficult, I have a hard time remembering things, and I often feel very tired. Has anyone else experienced this? Are there any things that could help me cope? I have also been looking for a job, only I have been unable to find one that I think I could manage on a day-to-day basis.
It is really frustrating because the people around me keep pushing me to get one and giving me suggestions, but I honestly don't think I would be able to do them. And I wonder if anybody would even want to hire a person with RA. Has anybody else experienced this? Any suggestions of things that might help? I would love to hear your thoughts.