Wow I bow down and admire u wholeheartedly Nzippy1 for all that u have endured and overcome. My RA was dx when I was 16. RA has affected just about every joint on my body, including my eyes. I cry from pain or scream when I bump my knuckles or wrist on something. I limp and some of my parts are becoming useless. I can relate and sympathize with all sufferers and hope theres a cure or better treatment for us all in the very near future. I'm not as strong and hope I can hold on as long as you all bravely have so far. Best wishes and Happy Holidays to all. God Bless the people and family members that treat us kindly.View Thread
I can relate so much, my family and boyfriend all seem to share the same vocabulary and tolerance when it comes to my affliction. They act as if I'm exaggerating the pain and symptoms. The only thing they can't ignore is the swelling and the limping and the fact that I have the tests to prove it. Initially I accepted the Methotrexate shot but once I read all the side effects I discontinued use. I already have Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hypothyroidism, Anemia, Depression, GERD, and don't need to add liver damage to my list of health problems. Vent away, I'm lucky I have a friend who is all to familiar with pain and we share our ouch stories daily. The fact is this is a seriously debilitating illness and there is no cure and the cause is still unknown. If a solution doesn't exist I can almost deal with that but what I can't deal with is the cold shoulder and unsympathetic attitude some people have towards our kind. Don't get me wrong there are some angels out there who let me pass first in line, on a bus or offer me a seat. I'm so shocked when they do it that I ask "are you sure, or "it's okay you don't have to, but thank you anyway." That's what gets me when society, employers and Social Security don't accept it or do more to make our already painful lives a bit easier. I've had arguments with everyone about my pain and anguish. They all think it goes away with diet and exercise. Well all I can do is some chores and maintain weight with little to no weightloss. They only understand me when I tell them about problems they can't overcome theirselves. Perhaps if we treat them like they treat us when they are in pain, weak and vulnerable they will get it. I did it to my boyfriend and he got the message.View Thread
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