so sorry it's taken me so long to say "hi." i'm a slow poke! geez...you talk about age? I'M 25! LOL. unfortunately, like i teach many patients i talk with, RA and all the rheumatic and autoimmune diseases do not age discriminate!
it's hard isn't it? it is a struggle to just complete a day.
i have RA, pretty severe. i can walk a little better now...but i was close to fully disabled for a LONG time, with bedrest as my daily life (not too exciting). i went on Enbrel and was able to go through nursing school. now on Humira and a load of immunosuppressants. i'm not at where i want to be...but i can't give up the fight.
do you think you might go on the DMARDs and TNF injections?
my advise: early detection & early aggressive treatment drastically improves your chances of NOT becomming disabled due to RA.
keep a close journal on your symptoms too. they help the rheummy a lot. the more specific you detail pain, stiffness, fevers, etc...the better the outcome will be when you see a rheummy.
really glad to meet you! take good care.
Active/Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. Crohns. AS. Chiari Malformation & Right Brain venous anomoly. Partial complex seizures. Emphysema. Rheumatic Lung & Heart. MVP and Tricuspid prolapse. Had Lymes disease for 10 years.