Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Stories

Pebbles’s Fight Like a Girl Story (Rheumatoid Arthritis)


Most of y'all know or have read about my journey with type 1 diabetes. Now I'll tell you how my immune system screwed me over again with rheumatoid arthritis. In 2014, I started to have sharp pains in my wrists, finger joints, toe joints and elbows. Not even plain ibuprofen could get rid of them. Off to the family doctor I went, and he gave me prednisone pills, but my blood glucose went high! He also gave me Celebrex to help with the pain. The pain continued, so he did some blood tests and referred me to a rheumatologist. He diagnosed me with seronegative rheumatoid arthritis--that is, rheumatoid arthritis that does not have the rheumatoid factor. It happens in 30% of all people with RA. He double checked to see if I also had lupus and gave me Plaquenil, methotrexate and later Humira. The Humira quit working after six months, so in May 2016, he gave me Enbrel, and my joints feel almost back to normal! I still have little pains, but Tylenol takes care of that! My craft projects … [Read more...]

Kindra’s Fight Like a Girl Story (Rheumatoid Disease)


I am 48 years young and was officially diagnosed with Rheumatoid Disease two years ago, but I have been living in pain for many years. In my mid 40s, the joint and body pain became unbearable, and I was having a hard time making it to work. At my request, my doctor finally sent me to a Rheumatologist where my journey to diagnosis and proper treatment began. I have always been a do-it-myself-er, a very strong and independent mother of four who did it all. Now, even with all the treatment meds I take, I can barely move some days. Many of my days are spent in bed now. I take close to 100 pills a week just to be able to move somewhat. Once a month, I go to the hospital for IV therapy where I get an infusion of a chemo grade biological medication and also take an oral chemo that I will likely be on for the rest of my life. Even though I am losing more of my mobility daily and need several joints replaced, I will not give up. I am finding that although I am losing some things I am gaining … [Read more...]

Mandi’s Fight Like a Girl Story (Rheumatoid Arthritis )


I was first diagnosed with Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) ten years ago. As the years passed I was also told I had lupus, then Sjögren's syndrome, then neuropathy raynaud's, and a few others. Then was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma. It seems that every time I was attending the hospital I was given things (illnesses) it was never flowers and chocolates. :( I am awaiting my treatment but I will Fight Like a Girl :) Mandi Scotland Submitted 07/13/2014 The informational content of this article is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice. … [Read more...]

Emily’s Fight Like a Girl Story (Rheumatoid Arthritis)


My name is Emily, I'm 23 years old. :) I was first diagnosed with RA when I was just two years old. The only memory early on that I have is that I HATED doctors, so my story is mainly about my life with RA from school age on. School wasn't fun for me. I can remember tormenting myself because teachers didn't understand what was going on because I "looked fine." My first flare ups were in just one joint effecting one knee, it eventually progressed into both knees. I never wanted to admit to my battle because the reaction I usually would get is, "You're too young to have arthritis!" I would always wish that people could just understand that kids can have it too!! I could go on and on about the many flare ups, all of the missed school, the fatigue, and hours with my head on the pillow. But my biggest battle started after I gave birth to my son, James. I was warned by an OB/GYN specialist during my pregnancy that I could flare up after I had my son, but I didn't expect it to change my … [Read more...]

Sabina’s Fight Like a Girl Story (Rheumatoid Arthritis)


My name is Sabina and I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when I was 12, almost 13 years old. It has been about 17 years now. My journey has been very interesting, funny, full of life, painful sometimes (okay very often), and very eventful. It would be nice if I didn't have RA but I wouldn't want any other illness in exchange! In the course of my whole RA journey, with God’s help and a lot of support from my family, I managed to do quite a lot with my life. :) Somethings ordinary people only plan on. No, I’m not on steroids they somehow never suited me. Nowadays my activities include Wushu (kickboxing training) and Tai Chi. As for one of the FLAGC quotes, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” I could not agree more. I’ll be writing several stories, stories of what helped me manage my pain, what didn't, alternate medicine, what I found was helpful to me, things that caused emotional pain, stress that … [Read more...]