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You Know You Have RA When ...

Janeil details 31 experiences of living with RA that may help you and others feel less alone: (https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/?p=39505)

What other experiences would you add to the list? Add yours below!

  1. You know about the other auto-immune conditions that often accompany RA like fibromyalgia and Sjögren’s disease.

    1. I have both fibromyalgia and Sjögren’s as well as severe RA

    2. yes, I have Fibromyalgia, and Polymyalgia Rheumaticc plus Thyroid issues.

  2. ...you go to bed at night with the usual body pains and wake up the next morning with a level 10 pain in your jaw and can onlly open your mouth about 1/2".

    1. oh the 10 of the jaw is the worst, and it always seems someone cooks your favorite and eating/chewing is impossible! Everyone is having chat time and asks why are you being so quiet because you are the family motormouth! I dread the jaw issues especially if it affects me having to miss out on great meals since I’m unable to chew! So glad you mentioned that one!

  3. you wake up and walk around for an hour and yet you are pretty sure you are still in bed. Or at least should be.

    1. …your right knee says no, and so does your left hip….

      1. , yep! When your body (or parts of it) give very clear signals as to how your day will be proceeding, well, you might have RA! I feel like I am almost doing the Jeff Foxworthy bit, "You Might Be a Redneck", only RA style! Best, Erin, RheumatoidArthritis.net Team Member.

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