It seems unlike most people here that are posting found out they had it in a different way than I did. I had no idea that people my age (50) didn't feel the same way I did. For some reason I had it set in my mind that when you get close to 50 you're suppose to ache like hell in the mornings and getting up after sitting too long. My knees ached, on the side of my big toe, hips, neck, feet, thumb and all my fingers and hands if I did something too much. I was "50" for crying out loud. Wasn't this normal?? No, it's not normal but it took me getting really sick. They thought I had Valley Fever and one test confirmed it. Since it was confirmed, they did an additional test as well as a huge about of test. Only two test came back positive. One, my Rheumatoid Factor came in at 106 and my calcium serum at 10.9. My doctor came in and the first thing he asked me was how I felt in the mornings when I woke up. I told him, "heck, I'm 50, I ache like hell, I can barely walked down the stairs". He then informed me I have RA and referred me to a specialist at UCLA. I just yesterday it was confirmed I have RA. My RA Factor was 106, the Antinuclear was Positive and Cyclic Citrulline Ab LgG >16. The only thing I know by these numbers and my Dr. sending me an email saying it's positive is, I have RA. But, what else does it mean? This is where I'd like to know more. I've tried to find answers on the internet but only found that it's determined by age and the numbers. Not knowing makes it worse. I'd like to know if my body has a good chance of going into remission or is it going to get worse in the next 5 yrs?? Even if things aren't good or they're great, it's good to know. My mind is consumed by all this, I just want to relax and take it one day at a time but...doing it to the best to what my body needs. My next appt with my RA Dr. isn't until June 17. That's a long time to wait. Anyone want to comment?? I'd sure appreciate it. Feeling alone and a little frustrated.View Thread
What a lovely response! Thank you! You were smart going in on your own, I just don't know how you figured it out. I kept my pain to myself, I didn't want to be looked at as a hypochondriac and I don't know anyone with this disease that might make me think about myself and what I'm feeling. Yesterday I had a complete eye exam and my eyes are healthy enough to start on the meds, placquenil. I'm sure once they kick in I'll feel better. I worry a little about my stomach, it's so darn sensitive to medicines, Rrrr! Generally I'm a positive person but, I must say, this caught me off guard and has gotten to me a bit. My insurance is changing July 1, I won't be able to see my Dr at UCLA after that, I will have Kaiser Ins., I've been told they have a good RA DR there, keeping my fingers crossed. I hope they have some kind of support group as well. If Kaiser doesn't work, I can change back in a year. It's just extremely expensive, a $40 co pay and 20% of the bill doesn't seem like much but when you're seeing so many different Dr's and all the test, it starts to get very costly. I don't know how anyone can keep up on their health with all the cost. I'm sure in time I will learn what's available for me in regards to support and finances. Your response was awesome, exactly what I was hoping for! I feel like I'm in my own little world dumping on people I don't even know. So glad you're here! Thank you! SabrinaView Thread
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