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What the hell happened to me?

Woke up Nov, 11 2014 and couldn’t get out of bed. In one night went from very healthy 63 yrs old man in good shape very active, to feeble old 95 yrs old. At least that’s what it feels like. If not for prednisone I would be completely disabled. Took 3 mos. to get diagnosed with RA. Been on numerous drugs since, non seem to work very well and some are very expensive. Exercising regularly, swimming laps in the pool only thing that keeps me going. That and my new grandaughter Sylvia. Being in a pool takes away the gravity that is in flaming my joints. I need to become a scuba diver or an astronaut.

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  • Michael Booth moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Cooleyooley, Thank you for your comment. I experienced something very similar at 33 years old. I went from being an elite cyclist at my peak fitness with no health problems, to agonizing pain from RA overnight. It was truly crushing and world altering. I too have found that exercise is essential for managing this (I have had moderate success with medication, though a number of treatments have failed). Low impact aerobic exercise like swimming or cycling keeps me going. Kelly attached some great articles on the subject, so I just wanted to wish you the best. — Michael ( team member).

  • Kelly Dabel moderator
    2 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story cooleyooley. So sorry to hear about your painful joints. Good for you for keeping up with exercising and swimming, those are great ways to help with mobility, stress and inflammation. Sorry that you haven’t felt great results on your current treatment plan. Have you discussed with your doctor? In addition to speaking with your doctor, these articles may be of interest to you:
    RA & Exercise:
    How Do You Know When It’s Time To Change Your RA Treatment Plan:
    When Is It Time For A New Treatment Plan:
    Let us know your questions, we’re here for you. Thank you for being part of our community. Wishing you some relief soon. Congratulations on your new grandaughter!! Kelly, Team member

  • Eebtool
    2 years ago

    Wow, it has been 2 years for you?
    Have you gotten much in the way of what you would call good or potentially promising results from any medications so far?
    Are you seeing a rheumatologist?
    We need to get you moving so you can keep up with the grand baby and make memories with her.

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