How and When Did My Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms Start

Last updated: April 2021

I think, but am not absolutely sure, that my symptoms started in 2000. I started experiencing achey feet and balance issues but did not go to the doctor. Because I was overweight at the time, I attributed everything to that condition.

Hip and knee replacements

In 2001 at the age of 54 my knee started bothering me. Three years later I had a rt knee replacement. Recovery was very slow and at times my knee still hurts. In 2004 I had lt knee replacement; same problems. In 2007 I had a rt hip replacement. At the present age of 74 my left hip bothers me occasionally.

I believe that in 2008 my doctor ordered a bone marrow biopsy done because I was having inflammation issues and numerous white blood cells. This is when I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.

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