awe Tara...break my heart!
i'm glad you wrote. you can tell your sis that we're similar, if anything it'll let her know she's not alone.
i'm 26 now...but at 16 i tested + for RA (in a nutshell everyone ignored it as i "felt fine")
anyways...i too was on my way pre-med (changed to nursing a few years ago).
has she had her chicken pox titers checked?
could it be shingles? you mentioned they weren't painful...how are they today?
with RA...it's a multisystem AI disease pretty much similar to lupus so in that aspect...all tissues are effected and can be effected by RA, skin included.
not ruling out a topical reaction or a fluke or something unrelated...
she probably knows "Pettechia" if she's pre-med...that's sometimes common w/ RA.
so...the DX was from a rheummy? and she's not on any meds yet? what about steroids?
the arthritis foundation does have a JRA section, if she doesn't feel "too old" for that...it's mostly young kids, and she's basically yeah an adult.
heck...post here!!!!!!! we're all pretty darn youthful! lol.
ok...you take good care
and tell sis...never quit & never give up!
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