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  • Moonheart
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    Tracey,

    When you say your neck has to be totally supported, did you mean because of the pain, or because you can't hold your neck up?

    I panicked when I read that because my grandma had RA and then a few years later acquired Lou Gherig's disease, or ALS. It was horrible. I won't go into the details, you could Google it, but I hope your doctor's rule it out.

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  • Zygala87
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    My Sister has all the same symptoms. She just was DX with Lyme Disease and was told she has had it for a long time. I'm sure your Doctor ruled out everything he/she could. Haveing RA today is not the same as our Grandmothers. There is help with the pain and Doctors don't just think" yep you got it, nothing can be done." I Pray you find some comfort. Having IC is sure enough of a cross to bare. I care, Hug. Ziggy

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  • curlycue
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    Pain

    Good Luck

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  • MakinIT
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    I started with this unexplain inflammation above my right elbow..doc didn't know what was what..gave me antibiotics, but I was exhausted, weak, had fevers, as well as my usual strong IC stuff. The pain spread across the shoulders and into elbows and redness continued. They suspect the pain meds I'm on held pain in my hands down but I am now struggling with that and clumsiness with hands. SO...my doc did a CBC...found low white blood cell, gave me celebrex...told me I had a virus. The pain increased..increased to the point I was screaming in pain. I couldn't stop it. So last week my doc ran the Arthritis panel. They called me early the next day. There is a test that isn't exact but with the symptoms I have it is sure...it is a marker for RA...the normal number is 1-12 (1-12 whats, I don't know...) but then I wind up with 160 whatevers in this RA test....All I know is this test said that I was in the severe range...apparently what I know now is if I were in my 60's I would be in a wheel chair now because this is coming on me like a steam train. I month ago I could lift, move, pour, ect..I can't do diddly upper body...typing is even getting hard.My neck has to be totally supported. My legs are fine at the moment if those go....I don't want to think about it...independence completely gone, I am very scared of that. I don't want to be taken care of.Thanks....falling asleep.

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  • curlycue
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    Pain in Arms

    How did they know you have RA. is it a special blood test. My arms and neck have been hurting as well, My dr sent me to PT I went 24 times and its still there. I started Accupucture today felt great while I was there and then felt pain again in a couple of hours. I am going to pray for all of us. I am so glad I have you ladies. You guys are awsome.

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  • MakinIT
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    Yeah..I'm sure the specialist will check for for fibromyalgia. I was actually hoping that was what it was. But the blood test came back high for the R.A. Factor. That alone can be a false positive but I have every other single symptom. It doesn't look good. I went to PT today and did the arm exercise thingy...where you "pedal" with your arms...I could only go about 60 secs forward, 40 back. A month ago, nothing was a problem. My hand strength has decreased by about 25% in the past 3weeks. And just tonight, my elbows were both so inflammed, you could feel the heat of the joints through my sweatshirt. I can't sleep at all. Even with Oxycotin and my morphine ER. I'm running a fever now...Grr. Anyway..I see the specialist next week...meanwhile...I'll live...My hands are getting clumsier but no distortion thank goodness.

    Thanks....
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  • KathrynPInk
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    Dear Tracey,
    Is it possible it is fibromyalgia...or are the signs definitely pointing to RA? Yep, RA is in my family as well, and crohn's disease and then IC. (my brothers) I am so, so sorry you are in that much pain. I bet it is very difficult to get in a comfortable position. You have my hopes and prayers that it can be relieved and soon~~
    Katheryn

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  • Moonheart
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    Yep, I fell a couple months ago going down my stairs off my deck. Very high. My whole left leg went numb. I have severe weakness down my left side all the time, but that was just unreal. It was like my leg all of a sudden wasn't there.
    It's strange because usually the more affected area will have the greatest swelling, and I'm swollen more on the right side of my body than the left. *shrug* Who knows.

    Swimming sounds good. A hot tub sounds even better. Soothing. Good luck with that.

    Take care and talk to you later,
    Moonheart

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  • MakinIT
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    Moonheart:
    AM is very hard for me but pain remains all day...I definately take 5 minutes and slowly stretch, even in the night when I have to pee, before I get up. I worry I will trip and hurt myself more. Egads, I'm only 41. I'm wondering if the community center built by my house has special arthrits classes in their pool? I'm taking my daughter over there after school to sign us up, I'll have to find out.

    Tracey

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  • Moonheart
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    Hi Tracey,

    Gosh we have so much in common! I have the same exact thing going on as you do. I have been suspecting diabetes and just dropped about two pants sizes. I'm 5'3" as well and have been 200 pounds for most of a year. I don't know what I weigh now that I've dropped some sizes, but as long as the swelling is going down.

    Without my MS Contin I literally cannot move. I'm stiff as a board and can't get out of bed, walk, nothing. Over the course of the day as I warm up I can do a little more, but not much.

    I don't have any great ideas because I'm just figuring out what is wrong with me. I wish I knew more.

    Hugs,
    Moonheart

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  • MakinIT
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    yeah...funny how I've been noticing the commercials for RA meds...seems like the side effects really suck but my body hurts so bad right now I'd take a steam roller running me over, over RA!!! I dunno about prednisone. I absolutely go bonkers on prednisone. My GP tried to give me some out of his "candy shelf" (that's what I call his sample cabinenent) yesterday and I refused because it makes me crazy. Plus, I have diabetes. at one time, this little 5'3 body had 225 very strong pounds on it. I could stairstep and run with skinniest and most tone chicks in pond at the YMCA, but I couldn't lose any wieght. I got diabetes and found a very strict diet and lost 75 pounds.My diabetes is well in control with wieght down, no worries but if I gain, it's uh oh..one more thing to stress on. (got IC and regained 25 though because the allowable foods don't overlap) BUT...since RA, in the last 3 weeks I've shed 15 pounds. I can't eat. Is there anything you guys find that helps?

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  • Moonheart
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    I'm pretty sure I have it also, and my grandma was diagnosed with it in her 30's. I'm sure my dad has an autoimmune disease. There are so many links between the diseases.

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  • Bianchi
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    I know exactly what you're talking about with RA and IC. I also have Rheumatoid Arthritis. Yes the pain can be excruciating, but there are meds available to at least make you more comfortable. There really is no cure. But between prednisone (too bad it has all these side effects, because it works), methotrexate, and now also Remicade or Humira, there is something that should help you. It sometimes takes awhile to find the right combination. I think your Rheumatologist will be able to that for you.
    It's weird, it seems like there are quite a few people with IC, that also have RA. I guess it isnt known yet, if there is any connection.
    Take care,
    Bianchi

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  • ihurttoo
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    I am so sorry to hear how badly you have been suffering. I know it was devastating to hear that you have RA. However, the good news is that now that they know what you have, they can begin treating it. When I got the Lupus d/x, I was devasated too, but I just had to remind myself that even though it looked like I was sicker after the d/x than I was before, in reality, I was actually healthier after the new d/x. Yes, that's right, healthier! And you are too, since you have had this for a while and had no treatment at all for it. Now, you will be getting meds and other things that can help it and I am willing to bet you will end up feeling better than you have in years!

    I dont know if they started you on Prednisone yet, or any of the meds like it, but it usually takes a few days to get the dose just right. But, when it is right, you will know it. No doubt about it, b/c you will feel dramatically better. Every time I go on it, I feel so good! It gives me so much energy, I can leap tall buildings in a single bound! And best of all, my IC, fibro, and all my other conditions seem to take a break the whole time I am on it. I hope and pray that this happens with you too.

    I know it is tough to hear the news of a new diagnosis. I really do. So, take some time to absorb it and it is okay to cry too. Sometimes it is quite cleansing. But, I promise you, that once they get you on the right dose of the right med, you are going to feel better. I just know it! And also, at least you dont have to listen to any more idiot Drs. who think nothing is wrong! From now on, they are going to be taking you seriously. So that is great news, especially since you have been suffering with this for a long time and being treated like dirt and been on no meds to help with this.

    Please pm me if you need to talk to someone. Though I am not a Dr. and cant cure you, I can do something most of them cant...listen to you. You dont have to go thru this by yourself. We will all be here for you every step of the way.

    Sending hugs your way,
    Amy

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