You are right about talking to anyone who does not have RA. Even loved ones don't know the extending grip of that awful far reaching...crippling...painful.. sometimes never ending. I have a question. Can RA really be the cause of pain from head to toe? Can someone answer this?
Take hart in knowing you are not alone. Don't ever let anyone make you feel like your pain is not REAL.View Thread
When your body is ravished with pain all that's on your mind is STOP THE PAIN but after the flare-up is over the questions come. I need to understand the blood lab work. How many RA blood test are there and what are they called? Sometimes I need validation of my pain in seeing high number but those numbers are not always as high as my degree of pain. When this happens I feel maybe I'm just weak!View Thread
Thank you so much for your reply. With the last flare of RA the pain & swelling made it difficult to sit, stand, walk or sleep. It is the memory of that uncomfortable time that has pushed me in the direction of self help through diet and activity (nothing is to little). After reading your reply I feel better about myself and will never let anything stand in the way of moving forward. Thank you for answering questions about lab tests.View Thread
3 years ago swelling of my left calf was so bad I took myself to the hospital, It took several days to get like that. It was hot and felt like a musical that would not relax. Never did find out exactly what it was. Was given muscle relaxer and sent home. In a day I was fine. That year was full of many pains .. swellings ... in different areas of the body. One year after that I was diagnosed with RA. My life has been a roller costar of meds ... first good and bad days .. than bad and worse days. Thankfully I'm back to good and bad days. Enjoy the good days and keep posting how you feel it helps to share with those who know what you're talking about.View Thread
Thanks for the reply. This Monday I will start Cimzia, Will give it a chance to work. Think it's best to control (if possible) the RA before introducing another condition (recuperating from surgery). RA Community has been a wonderful support.. So very grateful you are there for me and so many others..View Thread
to talk about the pains of life with RA on Facebook is futile unless the person reading it has RA. If you post to RA Community we all know what you're talking about. For me just posting my feelings on RA Community is a big helpView Thread
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