Hands, feet, knees, ankles, and now elbows and shoulders, whats next?

Last updated: May 2020

I'm 48 now, I felt my pains at the age of 10 my mom took me to the Dr. and I was told it was growing pain. Well as the years went by and I got older I notice the pains would come and go so I didn't talk about it. My friends would notice as well as my cousins whenever we played basketball, or handball or any sports/games like tag I was always in pain and even fatigued. As time passed I grew with having the pains and just adjusting and living with it my hands would hurt a lot my wrist then my knees and hips at 19 after several testing they diagnosed me with RA no one in my family has it so I assume I got it by, who knows?

Then it got worse

I got really bad when I became pregnant with my 1st child. After having my child I got bad for a couple of months meds were just pills at the time. Then 3yrs later my 2nd child and WOW after having that one I got really bad my hands and fingers. Mornings were stiff and my voice would come and go in weird ways.

In comes treatment

I was put on Enbrel then mtx pills, and they had horrible side effects. The worst was Humira with mtx. I was then 2yrs later on my 3rd surprise baby, whom I love so much and thank God no harm was done from the meds after having my 3rd. Wow, my RA has been taking a toll on me lots of different meds then went on to more aggressive ones and it only lasted for about 2 to 3yrs before it stopped working for me.

I'm on Xeljanz now with Plaquenil, which is not doing much, but I've been on them all for
Fibromyalgia and OA too. I've had side effects of thinning hair, loss of appetite, had toes reconstruction, horrible They are worse now after 6mths crooked and hard to find shoes crocs worked for about 5yrs now I wear slippers out. Horrible Even on special outings my elbows are locked and bended. My fingers are crooked, they hurt so bad. Feet are my worst pain, had both knees done and I'm sure hips and shoulders are next.

Support from family helps me through Overall I have a wonderful husband and kids, my support team. Life changed and so did theirs it's hard but a good support team wonderful pets and a lot of meditation has helped me to sometimes forget and ignore, at least in front of my favorite people, my family. This is my story thanks for your time.

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