Mary's RA Journal
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RA diagnosis reflection

Overwhelmed with pain I began my rheumatoid arthritis odyssey. I had no clue what was wrong. I was in such pain that I just wanted it to go away.

I ended up in the ER and was sent to a rheumatologist. Poly-arthritis was certain. After many tests and a trial of 30mg of prednisone, I was diagnosed  with rheumatoid arthritis. My sedimentation rate and my c-reactive protein were off the charts. My left hand was swollen to almost double in size. It seemed to have started in my left shoulder. It quickly progressed to both hands, wrists, shoulders, ankles, feet, left elbow. Also my clavicle joints were affected./

I responded to prednisone. I do love prednisone as it does make me feel much better. That was part of the diagnosis. I did not have lupus, Hashimoto’s. RA is an auto immune disease. It is in the same family with lupus, multiple sclerosis, diabetes and many others. I have been tested for many and it came up RA. It’s possible to  have more than one auto immune disorder.

At the time Dr R said cancer might be involved. There was a blood test. I was negative. She was right though. I do have cancer.

I am happy to report after almost 8 months of struggle, my pain level is down to a 2-3 zone. I have energy and my brain fog has lifted. I am on the triple play of methotrexate, plaquenil and sulfasalazine. I am fortunate that my side effects are minimal. There are some helpful tricks to minimize the side effects.

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Woman, friend, mother, RN, photographer, gardener, writer, researcher, observer, swimmer. Pretty much the same as everyone else with my own little twist to things. RA, and three cancers and counting. Life is good despite the obstacles. It's worth the ride just to see the infinite variations of the human spirit.

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