|Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Knee|
Can you imagine my surprise when at age 25 I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)? Definitely not a favorable diagnosis at any age but devastating when you are a wife, mother of two small children and a nurse. The excruciating knee pain I felt on a daily basis forced me to retire at a much younger age than I had planned. Even though I retired from work I couldn’t retire from my life. I still had a family to care for. My diagnosis was devastating but not a death sentence. I had to learn to live and function with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
What is Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA):
Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease in which your immune system mistakenly attacks your joint tissues, causing pain stiffness and inflammation.
Because I was a nurse when I was diagnosed I had more knowledge about my condition than the average person. However, I still wanted to read Every bit of information that I could find about Rheumatoid Arthritis. Lifescript.com has a great online resource for medical treatment, diagnosis and the latest information about Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Being fully informed on any condition or diagnosis you have is optimal. Remember knowledge is Power. Dealing with the day-to-day pain of RA can be very discerning. Waking up in the morning and getting out of bed was no longer a routine act, it was now a chore. Sometimes I would lie in bed dreading when I had to get out of the bed. The stiffness and tightness felt in my knees in the morning wouldn’t allow me to just jump out of bed in the morning. The pain in my knee was so intense it would keep me up nights.
The very first Rheumatologist I visited strongly advised me to move out of Michigan. As it happens Michigan’s notorious humid weather exacerbates symptoms associated with RA. His suggestion was to move to a warmer dryer climate state like Arizona. Well needless to say since my families roots are entrenched in Detroit their was no way we were moving. No. this was my time to take one for the team and “grin and bear it, ” or so I thought.
I decided to do more research which included alternate and even unconventional forms of treatment. I joined RA focus groups and advocacy programs. In sharing my experiences with different medications, common treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis and local Rheumatologist I assisted not only other patients but doctors and pharmaceutical companies too. The curious component of RA is even the foods you eat can cause an inflammatory response and exacerbate your RA symptoms. Remember,
“Knowledge of your diagnosis is POWER over your DIAGNOSIS!”
Admittedly, with all of the knowledge I do have, I still have good days and bad days living with RA. However my knowledge of my disease has insured my good days outnumber my bad days.
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