I went to the Rheumatologist yesterday for the first time, a little disappointed, and just filled with alot more questions. He is from India so he was very hard to understand, so I had to ask him to repeat himself a number of times. He told me that just because my RA came back positive doesn't mean that I have Rheumatoid arthritis, that it can be positive in anyone, is this true? He said the pain I have in my hips and my ankles is bursitis, the burning in my wrists, hands and feet he doesn't know what it is, so I had 18 tubes of blood taken from me. Told me the only thing I can take right now is tylenol and he will see me in two weeks. I am in so much pain in my hands today, burning in my wrists and fingers, I am just in tears! I am so exhausted I can barely function today. Is this the normal way that things go when you see the rheumatologist for the first time?
Any suggestions, input on this would be greatly appreciated. I am feeling like I am making this up in my head now, that is the way he made me feel. View Thread
I am so sorry that you are going thru this. You have been a big support for me, and I hope you know that we are all here for you also. You are not a bad mom and no matter what you are doing with your children they love you! My son is older, so I am sorry I can't help you out more with advice on little ones at home, but I do have little nephews and a grandson and I know that when I have been with them, I feel bad because they pain sometimes has been so bad that I can barely hold them, or play with them, and it makes me feel bad, but it doesn't make you or me bad parents, grandparents, or aunts, just means with have to learn different ways to do the things we love to do the most and things we have to do on a daily basis. I have also been trying to keep myself busy, but sometimes it is very hard, some days are better than others, but I don't think that others completely understand unless they are experiencing it, just like I don't understand some other illnesses and what people are going thru, I try to and I want to, but sometimes it is hard for the person on the outside to completely understand. I am sorry you are going thru this, and I hope you get a little relief soon!View Thread
I am 46 years old, and have been having alot of joint pain, swelling, low grade fevers, fatigue, my doctor did the routine blood work and it came back positive and so now I am going to see a Rheumatologist. I am very scared, my hands and wrists have been hurting so bad, sometimes my knees feel like they are locked to the point where I can barely walk, I can't put any weight on my elbows without feeling pain, but when I look at my hands, they don't look any different, other than a little bit red. What will the Rheumatologist do? Will I have more tests done? What happens from this point on? Anyone with advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!View Thread
Yes it was a great response and greatly appreciated! Can anyone tell me is extreme fatigue is part of Rheumatoid Arthritis? I am exhausted all of the time, I am trying to stay active but its really hard at times!
Also, is burning in your feet (bottom part of your feet also) part of Rheumatoid?
Sorry I just have so many questions and feel comfortable talking to all of you.
Hi! I am sorry that you are going thru this at such a young age, I hope you get some answers soon also. Its nice to be able to talk to others that are going thru this or have gone thru this, to know what is on the road ahead of us. Please keep me posted on your progress.View Thread
Thank you so much for writing back and all of the advice and information you have given me. My pain lately has been terrible, and I hate complaining about it, because there are people out there going thru way worse than this, and I feel terrible for them, and I know that this is nothing compared to some of that!
I am very nervous, but being able to talk to others that are in the same situation and have gone thru or are going thru this helps me to understand it a little more.
Thank you again for all of your advice, it really is greatly appreciated!View Thread