Yes a Rhuematologist will base on several things. Not everyone's blood work is the same with it. If you are just starting it may not show up as of yet. I think you will feel much better once you see a specialist like a Rhuematologist. I have both RA and FMS. The pain between the two can be overwhelming at times. He will know how to treat you as well. Good Luck!View Thread
You are not alone. I am 52 and having this problem too. My son is 20 and moved out recently. Wants his own life. I am too much on a constant basis. I have a wood stove for my main source of heat. I have to buy wood from Walmart all the time as no one to cut the wood for me. It gets expensive and I go without at times. I just bundle myself up. Cannot afford oil in furnace, two portable electric heaters. Went to lunch the other day with him. I cried on the way home. I feel like people are treating me like the crazy old lady now. I also have FMS and I think it has worsened the RA. The pain has become horrible. I went to shut the front door the other day and fell right out! My right knee is painful and giving me a lot of trouble now. I should have gone to Urgent Care but I am stubborn. I am looking for a smaller place to live now. I just cannot keep up on everything anymore. I just feel like a second class person now. I feel maybe I am the crazy old lady now?View Thread
Yes it is very possible. I have both and also FMS and I am a diabetic. People can have many things at one time. I also find that Lupus and R/A have many similar medications they use for both. I have had R/A since a teen and Lupus w/FMS dx about 2 yrs ago. I was not happy with the two new dx's. I had gotten used to the R/A pain and knew something else was wrong but was not ready for Lupus or FMS. Many people with FMS have additional health issues too.View Thread
EBay also carries a fair amount of colorful and different canes at reasonable prices. Also Walmart online has several kinds online they do not carry in the store and at very good prices. You can usually have them ship to store and pick up at your local Walmart or ship directly to your house.
As for handbags I no longer carry heavy or bulky bags. I carry very small hand bags with a long strap to keep the pain off my shoulders as much as possible.
Had to chuckle at the pill boxes and coming open. I just the other day grabbed my bag and my pills came tumbling out and down the sides of my recliner. Don't know if I recovered them all or not. lol View Thread
I have had JR/A since I was a teen. It has gone in and out over the years. It took a while for me to get diagnosed. They kept telling my mom growing pains or all in my head, doing for the attention. I don't for one minute blame my mom for it taking so long to get diagnosed. So let yourself off the hook. When we're young not expected to have arthritis, so you or the doctors are really not looking for it.
I finally went to an orthopedist who looked at me and asked if when I swell like I am now, run a low grade fever and red and swollen. I told him yes. He said then that is not growing pains. He sent me a specialist in Philly. They did blood work and came back all positive which is not the case for all. So makes even more difficult. I was in pain for years and finally someone found what it was.
Like I've said I have worked and gone through college with it. Yes, good and bad days but we can live a normal life with it even being young. I also went into remission for many years. I recently was dx with FMS and this has brought it out of remission however and made it worse the the chronic fatigue worse. But I think that having since I was a teen and not being able to deal with until 51 yrs old is not so bad.
I have had R/A since I was a teen. I am now 51. It has gone it and out of remission at times. However I have never had it bother me in my elbows until now! My right elbow is in constant pain for the last two months. In fact I am going to my Rheumy on the 21st for it and other areas suddenly giving me a lot of pain.
I also have FMS and I think it has increased the R/A pain and brought in out of remission with a vengeance! It hurts to make a fist either hand and my left pinky finger is way curved out now. Between my hands and the elbow now I have a very hard time carrying or picking up anything. I've stopped writing as much on here too, as my hand will freeze around the mouse and get very stiff. Plus I guess the way my arm is positioned it makes my elbow hurt even more!
Hope you are feeling better and know you are not the only one.
You're doing the right thing by keep walking, don't let the ache stop that, you might just do less miles when really bothering you. Find time to rest after as well. It can very well be the cold. My knees react very quickly to cold and last a while. I know when it is going to rain, rain and cold is the worst for me! I've learned though worse if I do nothing must move each day and not give in to it. I never have a pain free day but colder days seem to be much worse on me. Our knees will never be the same again. We have good days and bad.View Thread
LOL Play sports! I haven't played sports in a long time. I know though I wear a wig cap, so no itching to me. I also buy two sided tape at Sally's Beauty for toupee's. It comes in strips. I put one on the front and one in the back and they seem to stay on pretty well for me. I still wear them on windy days!
Tramadol I take as needed. I don't want to build up a tolerance so I don't take every day. I also don't exceed the 400 mg dose recommended per day. I due have nausea once in while, but I get that from a lot of things! LOL I always have a box of saltines in the house!! We are all different and meds act different for each of us.
I know this started a long time ago. But wanted to add. I had hair loss before any meds. At first I too as a woman was devasted. Then realized it is only physical. I now wear wigs and love them. They don't look fake anymore. I get wonderful compliments on my hair now all the time. If decide to go with wigs, choose a wig which is close in style to what you normally wear your hair and color too. You can experiment later if you want. At first because you have hair loss it will seem like a lot of hair! I now only buy Rene of Paris wigs as they fit my style the best. I wear Zoe and Lizzy in couple different colors which are very similar so doesn't look like changing my hair constantly. I have learned to love my wigs! I feel me again in them! View Thread
Well my hair started falling before even being put on these meds! LOL In fact part of what prompted me to see doc and have blood work which sent me to my Rhuemy doc. I wear wigs now. I love my wigs as now I can have the color and style I want. I was asked the other day by a young girl at work how I have perfect hair very day. I told her wig she nearly fell over, was clueless. Today's wigs aren't fake looking any more. I will only buy Rene of Paris. Best colors and real looking highlights.
So if you do lose your hair, it is not the end of the world. It bothered me a lot at first as a woman. But once I started my wigs now I don't go out unless one is on me. Better than my real hair any day! And less up keep for me! LOL View Thread
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