Changes….

Hello all. I am new to this forum. I have yet to receive a diagnosis for the crazy changes that have been going on with my body for the past 10 years. I have my first rheumatology appointment next week. At first my MD thought that maybe I have Lupus, but after the blood work they are leaning toward RA. I knew nothing about either of those and even though I still don’t know a lot, I’ve learned some through research. I was very surprised as I am in my very early 30s and I had no clue RA onset can occur during a wide range of ages. What has bothered me the most about my health changes so far is that they have happened so quickly. While I’ve always had wide spread leg pain, it has gotten much worse in the past six months. One morning recently I woke up to find my hips and legs hurting so badly that my husband had to help me out of bed. I ended up having to call into work because I couldn’t manage the pain of walking much. The pain has spread to my hands, arms, and neck. I swell very badly in my ankles and hands and some days I can’t open my toddlers sippy cup without struggle. I’m thankful to find a group for support. I’ve already been told by a coworker “but you don’t look sick“. I almost cried. Since this will be my first rheumatologist visit I’m hoping some of you can share with me what to expect. Thanks!

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