I was just diagnosed with having Chronic RA recently as in2 days ago. My journey started about 8 months ago with random fevers,aches and pains. I put off going to the doctor until about 3 months ago where they found my RA factor was high. I posted on here a couple months ago and got some great supprt so I'm back.
I have seen my rhumey (sp?) twice now the first time was just a chat and a TON of blood work where we found my RA factor was still high with inflammation in the blood thus my diagnosis two days ago. I was prescribed sulfasalazine twice a day to start with all the recommended vitamins and a side of ibuprofen 800 mg.
I've heard some issues with this sulfasalazine is a really bad tummy can anyone tell me their experience and how long before you felt the positive effects?
Also "chronic" RA never heard this distinction before what is that?
Third I need to work I lost my job 3 years ago and then started college soon after. I recently dropped out due to my sickness and fatigue I went from an "A' student to "C" student it almost broke me. I also have two children a 3 year old and a 11 year old. Do I apply for SSI or is it to soon or even necessary? I've already lost so much and my husband as been holding us afloat just barley and we are about to sink we were denied a personal loan. My husband has been just wonderful but I can't keep putting it all on him but yet the thought of starting a new job like this or even working at all just seems so much right now I have a hard time getting the energy to shower.
Hi everyone! Let me start by saying this is a great group and I appreciate everyone and their openness to share. I am a 36 year old mother of two my son is 11 and my daughter is 3. About a year and a half ago I started getting achy. I dismissed it to a bad mattress, stress, depression after losing my job and left over aches from a fall I had taken. Fast forward to about four months ago when I start getting these random low grade fevers and aches and pains like the flu was coming on but never showed. Now finally about 3 weeks ago I make an appointment with my PCP and find out I have rheumatoid in my blood. Although I haven't been "officially" been diagnosed by a Rheumatologist (apt pending mid-June) my Dr. along with the blood work, symptoms and family history is confident that it's true. My symptoms have become worse and worse; fatigue, malaise, aching in my shoulders, ankles, calves, shines, wrists, neck and elbows. The worst is the fatigue and I'm thinking depression. Yesterday and today I woke up in pain whereas before it was aching and all I want to do is sleep. I've had to resort to putting a gate up in front of my daughter's door so I can have an extra few minutes to get myself going and I'm safe in the knowledge she's contained in her room. She asked that we read and I could not even hold the book my wrists hurt so badly. She wants to go outside and play and I'm sitting here trying to get the energy to shower let alone chance after a 3 year old. I feel like the worst mother ever. Does anyone have any good tips on raising kids with these symtoms? I've read and understand these are all basically normal side effects of RA but my question is what do I do to manage until I can see my Rheumatologist and get the right medications etc. My husband although a great man and father just doesn't understand he has read that exercise is key and I'm not disputing that because when I do get up and moving I feel better but I crash so hard after. I tried to tell him I need to conserve my energy for things like housework and playing with the kids and doing my homework (I'm a full time online student). How do I get him to understand that as well? Or is he right do I just shake it off and push through the pain and fatigue? View Thread
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