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In 2002 I started having pain in my shoulder and ankles, so bad I could not stand and walk after sleeping all night. I have a family history of RA and OA my father had both, so when I went to the DR. she referred right away to a specialist for RA sure enough I was diagnosed with RA. Since then I have been and failed on many medications and biologics.

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Comments

  • Eebtool
    2 years ago

    Iena,
    Keep fighting, refuse to give in.
    Unfortunately it will be a long fight with both good and bad days. (pulling for more good than bad)
    Have you found any level of relief from the meds or other treatments prescribed to you?
    Is there anything you do at home for relief like hot baths, ice packs, changes in your diet, mild exercise, a warm fluffy cat on your lap, anything that offers up a bit of help?

  • Lauren Tucker moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Lena,
    Thanks so much for sharing your story with us. We are sorry to hear about your RA diagnosis and glad you found our community.
    While finding a treatment plan can be difficult, we suggest speaking to your Rheumatologist and getting a treatment plan that works for you especially if the ones you are on are failing you.

    Here are two articles that may be helpful: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/developing-treatment-plan/
    https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/when-is-it-time-for-a-new-treatment-plan/

    Additionally, you may get some community feedback and support within our forums or on Facebook.

    Reach out anytime.
    Best Wishes,
    Lauren (RheumatoidArthritis.net Team Member)

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