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So This Happened

I was diagnosed almost 3 years ago with RA/RD, started with the morning stiffness then the bottoms of my feet felt like someone had beat them with a bat. As time went on my joints in a few of my fingers became larger and painful, this is when I decided to see a doctor and tested positive for rheumatoid factor. Started the medications and have been doing well up until about 3 months ago. I’m having more flares, pain has spread to my hip, shoulder and lower back. Having mild kidney pain, a rash on my lips and some on and off heart palpitations (just recently) on the last 3 symptoms. I never realized how this disease could affect even my internal organs. These are some very scary waters to navagate and I grieve for the old me. I sometimes feel alone in this journey but I keep pushing on!

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  • Kelly Dabel moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi KImmy64, thank you for taking the time to comment and share your story. You’ve been through so much. You are not alone here. Many in our community can relate to what you’ve described, especially about grieving your old self. Anytime you have any new, changing or concerning symptoms, speak with your doctor right away. In addition to speaking with your doctor, these articles may be helpful to you and help you feel less alone:
    Grief is a Process:
    Not Alone:
    Please let us know any questions you may have, we’re here to support you in this. Wishing you some relief soon from your flares. Keep pushing on! Kelly, Team Member

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