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dianna30
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   Posted 7/26/2009 12:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello,
 
I normally post on the MS board since I was diagnosed a few months ago, but I have some issues that I am not sure are related to MS.
 
I have been having a lot of trouble the last year or two with stiffness and pain in my muscles.  I have been mostly ignoring it, thinking it was just normal to have so many aches and pains, but lately I am not so sure.  I am only 30 years old, and I cannot sit for long periods of time without getting very stiff and sore.  If I sit through a whole movie without getting up, it takes me a few minutes to stretch out my muscles before I can stand up all the way and walk.  I am also constantly changing positions due to soreness and sometimes I have trouble walking because my feet hurt so bad.  I have posted on the MS board asking if anyone else experiences this as a symptom, but I am not really sure what to do.
 
 

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer (Romans 12:12).

http://diannaschnabel.blogspot.com/


golitho
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   Posted 7/26/2009 10:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Try heat packs, they get me moving or a long hot shower. With RA you stiffen up with lack of movement, so gentle movement helps to get me going too. I'm not a doctor so can't help otherwise but heat should bring temporary relief. Goodluck, golitho

ladywriter
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   Posted 7/26/2009 11:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) three months ago, and my main symptoms were:

*extreme pain/stiffness and fatigue that were worse in the morning, and improved as the day progressed
*symmetrical pain in joints (if my left wrist hurt, so did my right)
*extreme fatigue (which can be caused by a number of things)
* a very high Rheumatoid Factor (only detectable by specific blood test)

I was told that I had the classic signs of RA with these symptoms. I hope you don't have it. I have pain in my hands, knees, and also have pain in my feet, but it's much worse in the morning and gets better as the day progresses. I haven't been to a movie theater since being diagnosed with RA, so I don't have experience there. If you have any of these symptoms, ask your doctor to order an "Arthritis Panel" blood test. A high Rheumatoid Factor alone is not enough to positively diagnose you as having RA, but that, with other symptoms present helps with diagnosis. I'm not a doctor either, this is just my personal experience. Good Luck!!!
Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Pain, Chronic Major Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder, Recovered Alcoholic w/15 years Continuous Sobriety


dianna30
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   Posted 7/28/2009 8:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for your advice. I plan to go see my pcp next week, and I will ask for the arthritis panel. 

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer (Romans 12:12).

http://diannaschnabel.blogspot.com/


SydneyJo
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   Posted 7/29/2009 5:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with golitho, heat pads and hot showers will get me moving again. Good luck with your pcp appt. Post again and let us know how you went.
Jo

ladywriter
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   Posted 7/31/2009 7:39 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree that hot showers are the best!!! to help get moving, but for some reason, my hands respond to ice better first thing in the morning. Go figure...

dianna30
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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 90
   Posted 8/30/2009 1:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I finally the got the results back from my arthritis panel.  Rheumatoid factor was negative, the only abnormality is my ANA, which has been high for a few years now.  I am now getting shipped off to a rheumatologist for further testing.  My pcp thinks I may have fibromyalgia. 

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer (Romans 12:12).

http://diannaschnabel.blogspot.com/


golitho
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   Posted 8/30/2009 10:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Dianna, I have sero negative arthritis, basically only thing abnormal in my panel was high ANA too, but I'm being treated as if it is RA. It is responding to the RA medication and now if Im off my meds my Inflammatory factor is high too. I think I went from 300 to 8 on humira!!! So you can have RA symptoms without the rheumatoid factor being present. Good luck with it all, finding that magic cocktail is not an easy road for some of us...best wishes, golitho
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