Hi Jerzee...I just wanted to say your post really moved me and I want you to be encouraged. I was diagnosed with RA about six months ago and at first I was SO scared and depressed. I thought life as I knew it was over! I am 38 and still have so much more life I wanted to live. I, too, could not open the shampoo bottle in the shower and some mornings all I could do was get up, take a mountain of Aleve or Ibuprofin and just sit and wait until I could limp to the shower to try and start my day. I teach preschool and was supposed to be at work by 8...most days I called and said I coudn't come until 10 b/c the pain was unbearable. This was before I was diagnosed. After I began seeing a Rheumatologist everything changed. I started steroids and also another drug called Pacquelin (spelling?). It has set me free!! My pain is very minimal and I am able to feel like a human being again! There are also medications called "biologics" that your doctor can prescribe that will stop the effects of RA and in some cases throw it into remission. You WILL get relief. Although there is not a cure, you can have your life back and stop suffering with so much pain. I know it's excruciating. Talk to your doctor about starting the medications. They will help you claim back your life!!View Thread
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