Now, Within My Grasp RA and Sjogrens


1/15/2014

I’ve decided to use my blog not only to writing, music, and other facets of entertainment, but, also to share my journey. I’ve had significant health problems for almost three years.

Thank you for listening, periodically, I will have a new installment chronicling my journey-

A DIAGNOSIS A LONG TIME IN THE WORKS

Hello, Fellow Fathomers, I appreciate your kindness, inspiration, and support. As many of you know, I was initially diagnosed with SLE, systemic lupus, almost two years ago. After that, a specialist further tested, and revealed no signs of lupus. Another doctor believed I had fibromyalgia and Sjogrens Syndrome.

Now after failed medications, not getting better, developing migraines, gaining almost 40 pounds, peripheral neuropathy, change medications, new medications…it’s a lot folks.

But!



I finally have conclusive blood results. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and Sjogrens.

I don’t know much about RA, I know the autoimmune disease, Sjogrens, explains many of my symptoms. The RA further cements the symptoms I experience that are progressing quite rapidly.

I invite your comments, suggestions, and support about your experiences with RA- either as a patient or caregiver. I’m on a medication called Sulfazine, intended to slow the progression of the damage RA inflicts on joints, cartilage, bones and even organs. I also take Lyrica, Cymbalta, amitryptiline, vitamin D 10Kiu, B-125Kmcg, magnesium, Zyrtec, Flonase, and the occasional Sumatriptan for migraines and other allergy meds as needed.

Have a beautiful day, and together let’s learn!

Comments

morgan said…
I know my mother has RA. The doctor told her walking on concrete floors as a nurse aggravated it. Not sure, if this is true or if doctors look for reason to explain the unexplainable.
Davee Jones said…
Hi Morgan, I'm convinced walking on concrete, especially in "bad" shoes made me ache more. As a teen I worked on my feet on concrete in cheap shoes, I'm positive it created some issue. Now, I have sensitivity to walking on unforgiving surfaces. I hope your mom gets relief. This can be tough to adjust to.

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