Twenty-Four Years Old With RA!

I gave birth to a beautiful little girl on August 2014. Unfortunately after labor my left hand started hurting, my middle finger was shaking and little by little my risk was getting swollen. I mentioned it to the nurses in the hospital but they didn’t do much only gave me ice packs. A few weeks later I went to my primary doctor for a check up and mentioned the pain I was feeling on my left hand she said it was normal for first time moms and the pain will go away within 3 months. Day by day I felt the pain was getting worse and the pain was spreading. Everything was hurting my hands, elbows, shoulders, fingers, knees and my feet were very swollen. On December 2014 (four months after giving birth) I made an appointment with a orthopedic he sent me to do some blood work as well as an MRI and EMG. One month later I went to see the orthopedic to get my results and found out I have RA. The first thing that came to my mind was my daughter, I haven’t been able to do a lot with her since I’m always in pain and I wasn’t taking medication to reduce the pain since I’m breastfeeding. Orthopedic told me I might have to stop breastfeeding but I don’t want to. Breastfeeding is the one thing that makes me feel close to my daughter without pain and it’s something we both enjoy. The orthopedic is sending me with a rheumatologist, my appointment is in two weeks I am nervous, I don’t know what he’s going to tell me. I will just have to wait and pray everything goes well.

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