I have been diagnosed with RA 8 years ago when I was 40. For years all I could afford was to go to a little town Dr. that barely charged me and gave me prednisone and pain medication. Well I have a very aggressive form of RA. I am vitamin D deficient, anemic at times, my protein levels are way off, and somehow from the RA I have developed osteoarthritis in my knees especially my right knee which has been bone on bone for 4 years!! I was going to get a knee replacement at the end if 2016 because I finally had insurance and was on Orencia for a while, which haloed, but my blood work was not good enough three times before I went into surgery. Finally, when my numbers in my blood became normal I was ready for surgery, but my family member who was going to take care of me, had to go out of town and in 2017 I list my medical insurance!! I have just been out of work long enough to apply for disability, and I was able to get my Enbrel through a program for free for a little while longer, but it is not working for my legs at all!! I can barely walk, and have no idea if I will be able to wait the disability process out without any help from a Dr. My pain is SO SO bad, I mean maddening do not wish this on anyone prednisone helps but is not good to take with Enbrel. I guess I am asking for some suggestions I have no insurance no income, and I guess what is so frustrating is that I know I could be a functioning member of society physically if I could just get a rheumatologist to watch me and monitor me, and a surgical procedure that can help me walk. I don't have to end up in a wheel chair if some way some where I can get surgery. Thank you for reading I am so frustrated and so sad. I look to God for peace and yes, I know he is able and I know he can heal me, but some reason at this time it us not happening!! Pray for me my new friends, please. I won't even go out to eat with family because I do not want to see anybody I used to know. My dignity well I don't have much anymore, and I am trying so hard to not get into victim mode. I am trying to reach out in every way I will work if people could get over how I walk. I have a bachelor's degree in social work of all things, lol!! I am in the process of applying for disability, but we all know how that can turn out and how long it takes but I am putting my trust in God if anybody knows any other way I can try to get a knee replacement please please respond thank you, and again sorry this was so long!! God bless you all you will all be in my prayers as well!!
When was your last flare?