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A few years ago, I quit taking my cholesterol pill because I thought it was giving me muscle cramps, but after about three weeks, it got worse, so I went to see my primary physician who referred me to a rheumatologist. I was floored to find out I have it. I have had to keep a straight face, and work tirelessly not to get depressed. Right now I am on 250 mgs of Hydroxychlorquine, but it’s not helping. My fulltime job is becoming harder to do, and I can’t afford to go parttime. I was looking forward to start dating again after being single for the last three years, but now i feel, who would want a 61 year old woman with all these ache and pains, so I don’t go out anymore.
I am fortunate to be living in Hawaii, where I can go to the beach, which has been my outlet, it gives me so much peace. Hope that you can find yours.

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  • blueyes author
    4 years ago

    Thank you for responding. I’m trying to stay off medications for now. What I would like is for my body to stop feeling all this joint pains . I know it’s my new normal now, however it’s been so hard to accept. My body aches feel like I have a perpetual fever without the fever. Recently I broke my right wrist and had to have surgery. A titanium rod and nine screws later, seems to have made my R.A worst. Sorry for venting my family has no clue, and it’s nice to know I’m not alone here. Thank you

  • Mariah Z. Leach moderator
    4 years ago

    Hi blueyes –

    Thank you for taking the time to share your story. Many of us living with RA find that we need to work to stave off depression. If you are really struggling, it may help to ask your doctor for some anti-depressants or to go talk to a therapist – that has been very useful for me! Please keep in mind that RA qualifies as a disability, so the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides you protection from discrimination in the workplace, and your employer may even be required to provide you with some accommodations. Best of luck to you!

    ~Mariah~ (Site Moderator)

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