This is a hard one! It has been 3 plus years for me and the last time I was at my rheumy appointment we talked about my being able to walk around the mall with my daughter who is going on 12 and when would I be able to do this again? Without feeling like I have been hit by a truck the next day or having to sit several times along the way? Hearing him tell me that at best, I may be able to go for a couple of hours with a few rests along the way was painful to hear. I'm 37 years old and it has only been a few years and I can still remember when I had energy and didn't have this crazy joint pain! I still think I'm going to wake up one day without it, nutty I know This past weekend I found myself at the mall with my daughter and 6 of her friends and after 2 hours, my hips and knees were feeling it..I felt so dissapointed and angry because I'm taking all of these medications and I still can't get around like I used to. This is as good as it is going to get While it does get easier to ask for help opening jars etc for me, the physical limitations of walking and knowing running, jogging and such is out..well I'm still trying to accept that.
Judilyn has a good point regarding time and I think it depends on the person some of us take a little longer to accept and adapt, I know this is the case for me. I'm still somewhere in the frustration stage, especially when I have to inject my Enbrel, sometimes I feel trapped by the medications more than the RA, if I don't take them the joint pain will come back full force.
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I have those parties too! My hands always hurt when I try to open jars and such and after I finally manage to get the thing open, they really ache!! I know it is frustrating.. Hang in there, most of us are in the same boat.
However, I am still able to do ONE thing I absolutely love and I even got the approval of my neurologist to do it and that is ride on the back of my hubby's Harley in the summer! :)