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Another specialist……

Written by on February 8, 2016

Another Specialist So, on top of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis caused in the first seven months after diagnosis because my disease went unchecked, I also have fibromyalgia. Yes, I have that body-draining, pain-inducing, wrenching disease that sucks more of what little reserve that I have left over from my RA. My fibro is considered a secondary disease because I developed it after I developed my RA. Because it is not a primary disease it is much harder to control and handle. And, although I have had moments where my RA is much more controlled, this beast of a disease never likes to listen or do what it is told – it is very rebellious and disrespectful! My RA is more controlled right now. I am definitely not in remission and I am absolutely not cured. I still continue to flare and swell and I do have my joints lock up on top of it. But, I am much better than I was when I switched from my last medication – Orencia – to my current one – Simponi. I have been through five or six different meds over the last four years and partially because I held onto Enbrel for too long since it was the first medication that actually helped me, although I only got about 20% functionality back. It scared me to move on from my first one because my disease was just so aggressive and I didn’t want to go back to how bad I was before. But, the transition to Simponi was the scariest and most difficult I have ever been through. Immediately my body threw a fit and swelled up and locked and joints got stuck and I could hardly function during the week there was a delay between the old medication and the new Read More

Minding the Gap

Written by on February 7, 2016

The first is the interval from when a joint is injured to when arthritis sets in.The second is from when arthritis sets in to when you are considered old enough for artificial joint replacement surgery.

For the knee, shoulder and ankle injuries that I’ve treated, these gaps have ranged from years to decades. But as we move into the 21st century, those gaps are looking very different.

Struggling with Self-Expression

Written by on February 7, 2016

Growing up with Systemic JA and in an abusive household, I learned that my opinion was not wanted, that my existence was only valued based on what I could do for others. My mother needed me as an emotional extension of herself. Other abusers needed me as a means to an end.

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