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Tracie’s story

I am 45 years young and was diagnosed at about the age of 2. The story goes that I had strep throat. Sounds simple, huh? My mother took me to the doctor and I was given the appropriate antibiotic. Then about a month later she noticed my ankles were swollen. So she took me back to the doctor and he fitted me with those hard plastic / leather high top white shoes. That seemed to fix the problem. Until the next month when my knees were swelling. Eventually all of my joints became red, swollen, and stiff. I was then sent to a rheumatologist who, over the years had me on aspirin, gold shots, and now methotrexate. I am married with two healthy boys. I worked as a registered nurse but had to stop in 2004. I have had both of my hips replaced. Until about 6 months ago I was maintaining fairly well. But now, the stiffness and pain is becoming unbearable. It’s like my medicine just quit working. I always try and shake off the pain and tell my family that I’m “fine”, but I can’t much longer.

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  • Carla Kienast
    4 years ago

    Tracie: Joining Mariah in saying we’re glad you found us. So much to go through at such a young age! Sometimes your body will build up a tolerance to your RA drugs (the same way it will to antibiotics or any other drugs), so they effectively stop working. The good news is there are so many more treatment options that weren’t available when you were younger. Please keep us posted.

  • Lisa B
    4 years ago

    I am at a crossroads with my meds as well. I have had many treatments that work for years and then just don’t anymore. Orencia is my next step, once I am cleared by my pulmonary doctor. Perhaps we will both find some relief again

  • Mariah Z. Leach moderator
    4 years ago

    Hi Tracie~
    Thank you so much for taking the time to share your story. It sounds like you went through a lot at such a young age – and you’ve been through a lot since then. I am also married with two healthy little boys and things are a little rough for me right now too. I am in the process of searching for a new treatment myself, which can be long and frustrating – so I am right there with you. I am really glad that you found our community because we do understand what you are going through. Hang in there and please remember that we are here to support you!

  • Tracie author
    4 years ago

    Thanks so much Mariah! I think I am going to start on Orencia. Will update soon!!

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