Rhematoid arthritis at a young age
I’m new to this discussion and would just like to share my story and see what other people’s experiences have been. I was diagnosed at 22 after a year long progression of pain and stiffness. I was told at 16 the joint problem I had was with ligaments and would not progress or get worse. However 6 years later I could barely sit to my desk, let alone type or do my work as a Masters student hoping to move on to medicine. My doctor diagnosed me and I saw a Rhemy within 3 months and began meds 3 months later, as at first I was very hestitate about any drugs. It’s been a dream and life changing experience. I no longer am able to do sports, jog, or do alot of heavy physical things. Anyone else out there with any advice? I’ve gone through all the emotions from anger to jealousy of other people quote on quote easy life. I’m now in medical school and doing pretty well on my meds (Plaquinil, Diclofenac) however I’m still pretty frustrated with all the associated things I can’t do such as ski, job and even do to the gym for over a 1/2 hour. Love to hear all your experiences, especially from young RA sufferers as all I’ve found in my area are people over 60 suffering, and being young means different challenges. Also wondering about RA suffferers and pregnancy. Any advice (not that I’m having kids soon but interested in hearing).
Hope you all have a low pain Friday!