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Too young for this

I had just got out of a three year abusive relationship I was feeling on top of the world and happy. I felt like I could finally be free to be me. Then I started getting pains and aches real bad I didn’t understand where they were coming from since I was only 22. I could not get through my day without Advil and that barley killed the pain I could barley walk I did not want to get out of bed. Then my right knee started swelling I went to urgent care and they told me to go to a orthopedic specialist.

He took X-rays and did not like how they looked for my age. He did some blood work and a week later I got the call from my regular doctor that everything was ok I was just anemic. I was like that’s fine I can deal with, but no, just two days later when I was at work I got the dreaded call that test came back positive and they wanted me to go to an arthritis doctor.

I went and he did a lot more tests. Then on November 18th I got the news that I had RA. He put me on methotrexate and it has been helping. Went back in jan and he was concerned about two swelling on right side so he upped my dose. So here I am just trying to survive this. Still have a lot I’m trying to figure out.

Hoping for a better future then one full of pain and embarrassment

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  • Jen
    6 years ago

    Hi Sarah, I’m glad that you finally have the answer to your pain and swelling. It may take a little time, but I’m sure that your Dr. to find the right combination of meds for you. I was doing well on my meds for a while, then we had to tweak them. Having RA isn’t the end all, we will be here for you. If you ever need to just vent… I have found that the more I read on RA and everyone else’s stories, that I’m not alone in this. If you have any questions, put them in the message area and people will chat with you on what you need to know. Just listen to your Dr. and you will be fine.

  • Mariah Z. Leach moderator
    6 years ago

    Hi Sarah – Thank you so much for taking the time to share your story. I was only 25 when I was diagnosed myself and your story sounds very familiar to me. RA is certainly a difficult illness to adjust to, especially at such a young age, and I know you are going through a lot right now as I have been in your shoes. I hope you will remember that we are here to support you! Hang in there!

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