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Living with RA

I was diagnosed with RA at the age of 23. My new baby was 10 months old & my husband was frequently away as he was in The Royal Navy. Luckily I had amazing friends who were always there to help. For some years I was only in bits of pain if I had done to much or something new. Each time I had any stress in my life the RA flared up again. My RA stayed stable’ish until my early 40’s when sadly my marriage was over. I had a 13 year old to look after so flare up or no flare up I had to get on with it to pay rent, bills & feed us. Slowly but surely the RA got steadily worse & now at 64 feeling 290 on some days RA rules my life. Like a lot of things people have said it just doesn’t come on it’s own. You may be more inclined to diseases of the heart like me. One of my medication has given me Fibrosis of the lung & I have various other things going south & falling off. All I know is that one gets sick of the negative feelings & all the things that have to be planned as there are ‘so’ many days when things just don’t work. Anyway that’s the story so far watch this space.

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  • Richard Faust moderator
    3 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story Terringtons. First, let me echo the thoughts from Michael. Second, you mention heart diseases so I want to share this article from our editorial team on RA and cardiovascular disease. In addition, here is also an article on conditions that often accompany RA:

    You also mention the negative feelings that can come with dealing with a chronic condition like RA. In this video one of our contributors discusses negative emotions and their impact on RA, with some tips for managing them:

    Please know that you are not alone in this struggle and that you can continue to find information and support here. Best, Richard ( Team)

  • KelliePlummer
    3 years ago

    I am 60 years old and have been health all my life. At the of 58 I had a fusion of my 6&7disc!! A year later I became so stiff, and my hands, neck and shoulders gave me so much pain until my Primary Doctor sent me to a neurologist and he did test and diagnosed me with RA. I despise this disease. Everything I’ve been given has so many side effects!!! I’m trying a lot of natural things like tumeric and everything I see on Facebook including sulfur, aloe vera juice, etc. I just pray the medical community finds a cure or something close. I continue to workout as often as possible.

  • Richard Faust moderator
    3 years ago

    Thank you for writing KelliePlummer. Sorry to hear you are having these difficulties, but glad you are taking steps to try to stay in shape and help yourself. Thought you might be interested in this article from our editorial team on natural remedies, with links to more detailed information:

    To trade more information and support, you may want to also checkout our Facebook page at Wishing you the best. Richard ( Team)

  • Michael Booth moderator
    3 years ago

    Hi Terringtons, thank you for sharing your story. I am sorry to hear of the many difficulties this disease has brought you through the years. I admire your strength raising your child as a single mother with RA. Undoubtedly working and parenting with this disease is an enormous difficulty. Pain or no pain, you have to do what you have to do. As a father of two, and diagnosed with RA at the age of 33, I can relate to that in my own ways. Thank you again for your sharing this with the community. Best—Michael ( team member).

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