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Stephanie’s Story (RA, Fibromyalgia)

Stephanie's Story (RA and Fibro)My name is Stephanie, it took me almost three years to figure out that I had RA. I had such a struggle with doctors. I had several rounds of blood work. One rheumatolgist told me that I didn’t have RA. I got lucky and found a doctor who was patient enough to run the blood work three times. Low and behold it came back positive for RA. I was relieved yet devastated.

The RA in my hands has gone into my knees. I am also a gastric bypass patient since 2005. I don’t metabolize medicine like everyone else. I take methotrexate, plaquenil, pain medication, and other medicine. My life as I know it has changed.

I am lucky to have the support of my spouse. However, we all know that the pressure on the ones we love gets old real quick. Doctor appointments rule my life and that becomes the focal point of our lives. I dropped my seventeen pound dog last year. It is not good. I am constantly suffering. My hands hurt constantly. But, I will fight though. My family is my strength. I told my spouse it is like the boy who cried wolf. How do you know when it is serious? But I will not be put down. However, I will be needing support. Thank you.

Stephanie
Tennessee
Submitted 10/13/2013

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.

This story 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.

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  1. A lot has changed since I last posted this. I was diagnosed with anemia and had to have a major blood transfusion. On top of being arthritic. I am a gastric bypass patient. Which makes the absorption of calcium very difficult for me. I also have a history of colon cancer in my family and had two small polyps removed. I find myself extremely tired and fatigued recently. I am almost certain I will have to have iron infusions and or b12 shots. The one thing that keeps me going every day is my spouse Cindy May and my dogs. My father survived throat cancer. I decided I am going to fight. I have 43 tomatoes in a out side community garden with my neighbors. I love life too much.

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