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Dazed and Confused

  • By klynn

    Hello all a little over a month ago I went to the doctor because I was extremely fatigued and I had mild joint pain in my fingers, wrists, and ankles. I assumed that as a 38 year-old woman I was having a female problem of sorts(low iron, B-12, estrogen)but my doctor didn’t think so. He mentioned Lupus and RA. I have personal and family history with Hashimoto’s disease, so I had a ton of blood work done and all my levels were good, including my RA factor. My joint pain hasn’t gone away and I am in pain all the time. My doctor still referred my to a rheumatologist and my appointment is in two weeks. Until the words passed out of my doctors lips I knew very little about this disease and I still don’t know the impact it will have on my life at this point. I guess I’m looking for support and information. I don’t even know what kind of information. I have read all the clinical info online and it doesn’t help. Thanks

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  • By Andrew Lumpe, PhD Moderator

    Hi Klynn, sorry you’re going through this. It’s not uncommon for diagnosis to be fuzzy and take time. A rheumatologist should be able to get to the bottom of what’s going in. In the meantime, you can read more about diagnosis at this link – https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/diagnosis/. I encourage you to check out our Facebook page to connect with others https://www.facebook.com/RheumatoidArthritisDotNet. Reading personal stories helps. Hang in there and keep us posted.

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