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ChronicSandy Diagnosed At 38!

I had so much joint and fever pain when I started seeing a spinal specialist about a herniated disc in my neck. Luckily he cared and suggested I get tested. I am now 51. I have been on several biologics. I have quite a lot of joint damage, along with some other autoimmune diagnoses. Luckily I have a wonderful family that cares a lot. I am grateful to talk to others that know how I feel. Surgery on my feet soon. My hands have a mind of their own. Thank you for allowing me to join and talk with others.

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  • Richard Faust moderator
    9 months ago

    Hi ChronicSandy. Welcome to the community. Certainly not happy about what brings you here, but glad you have sought out a place you can get information and support. Also glad to hear that your family is so supportive.

    You mentioned upcoming foot surgery. You are certainly not alone with foot issues. This article collected thoughts from the community on how RA impacts the feet: In addition, you may already have much of this information, but this article looks at foot and ankle surgery:

    Hope this information is helpful. Know that this community is here for you. Best, Richard ( Team)

  • Monica Y. Sengupta moderator
    9 months ago

    Welcome, Sandy! We are thrilled to have you here. Thanks for sharing your story.

    I am so sorry you deal with so many co-morbidities but I am glad you have a support system. In my opinion, it makes a huge difference.

    I look forward to seeing you around the community. Good luck with your surgery! ~Monica

  • 2mra
    9 months ago

    Hi Sandy:

    Yes, there are certainly many of us with RA. I’ve been on 6 biologics and none of them worked. The last 2 put me in the hospital with Sepsis, so I had to go back on the older drugs.

    I’m glad that you were dxd. Some have trouble getting dxd. It’s important to get the inflammation under control, if possible.

    That is good to hear that your family cares about you and helps out. I’m blessed that way also.

    I hope that this cold weather/vortex leaves us alone soon. It sure doesn’t help people with RA. Spring will be here soon, if the groundhog takes a long walk on the 2nd. 😀 Feel Better!!

  • Daniel Malito moderator
    9 months ago

    @chronicsandy Sandy, we are glad to have you! Some of us are just diagnosed, and some of us, like me, are basically the father time of RA. lol. Thanks for sharing. Keep on keepin’ on, DPM

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