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My Journey with RA

I am 61 years old, will be 62 in Dec . In 1990 I was working in a hospital Lab, we often ran blood
work on ourselves. I had a tube of blood ran to check for the RA Factor I was told it was sky high, at the same time blood work was done in electrophoresis and two tests came back sky high.  I was told to ask my Dr. It took until 2003 to get a diagnosis of RA. Because of a needle stick I also have Hepatitis C .

I have yet been put on any med for the RA. I have severe joint pain in shoulders, hands, and feet-ankles.  I have been taking hydrocodone for 8 years and this is no longer helping the pain. I am so tired of the pain but I get up and do everything I can around my house daily. I just read about eliminating gluten from my diet.  Maybe it will help…somethings got to.

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  • Mariah Z. Leach moderator
    6 years ago

    Hi LaDonna – Thank you so much for taking the time to share your story. I am so sorry to hear that you are suffering so much from RA. Have you asked your doctor why you haven’t been given an RA medication? Are you seeing a rheumatologist? Early, aggressive treatment of RA is part of the key to preventing long term joint damage, so it is really important to make sure you are getting the treatment you need. And certainly considering lifestyle changes – like a gluten-free diet – also help some people. I can tell you personally that a gluten-free diet didn’t work for me, so it isn’t a cure, but it could work for you so it is probably worth a try! Hang in there!

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