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New Member

Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 19
   Posted 7/16/2007 1:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey everyone. New here, obviously...
Anyway, I was officially diagnosed with RA a couple years ago, but it's been affecting me for almost 9 years. I thought I'd drop in here and join a little community.
I don't really know anyone else with RA like this.
So here's my hello :)

Regular Member

Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 103
   Posted 7/16/2007 8:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome LiquifiedSkittles,

This is a nice place to feel like your not alone. Considering there are 2.1 million of us - I personally don't know anyone. Most people don't seem to know what RA is. If one more person shows me their one finger that is "Killing them" from arthritis I think I'll scream. Anyway "Hello."


New Member

Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 19
   Posted 7/16/2007 4:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I know exactly what you mean. A while back my sister's boyfriend (who's abusive and controlling and I didn't like anyway) gave me this cash he owed me, and I couldn't get up out of bed to get it so I told him to set it next to the door on my shelf, boy did that make them mad. I got a nice long talk from my sister about how he has arthritis too and it's not anywhere near as bad as I make it out to be. Drives me insane!!

Glad to be here :). I hope to get to know some of the people around here, seems like a friendly little forum.

Veteran Member

Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 1179
   Posted 7/16/2007 5:50 PM (GMT -7)   
hi and welcome..... u make me want a skittle! lol marzz did i tell u my finger hurts yet today? lol well it does alomg with every other part of my body! i know what u both mean we deal with a daily intense pain throughout and someone tries to empathise with us and tell us how they too hurt from their hangnail/ lol
i just smile and know they have no clue and it is not their fault. it s like a rich person saying they are hungry.
all in prospective i guess. they willnever now true hunger.

anyway just wanted to say hi and welcome lata yalinda

Veteran Member

Date Joined Mar 2005
Total Posts : 3148
   Posted 7/16/2007 8:47 PM (GMT -7)   
welcome Skittles!!!!!!
this IS a very special place; and like you mentioned "we do GET IT"...only those who live it {or are truly compassionate} really understand.
in many ways...RA & AI diseases are for the most part unfathomable to comprehend.
it ain't your grandma's arthritis i say.
Mary you are too funny!
people need to realize that autoimmune diseases effect the whole body & many organs & various's just not arthritis in joints.
i go nuts when my neighbor bosts about "how wonderful his glucosamine works! and how i should go on it because it'll work!"
ok thanks.
think i've downed more herbs, fish oild, SAME, glucosamine, etc...than i don't know who!  this guy doesn't understand that RA is an immune issue.
smiling and nodding is working rather well i'm finding. LOL.
you take good care & we all look forward to hear from you!
join in on our "Moanin'" thread if ya like!...a place to go to "Moan" in the mornin'. tongue
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New Member

Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 19
   Posted 7/17/2007 1:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Haha That just about made my day.... Don't even get me started on glucosamine... OR the fish oil...

Yes, smiling and nodding works extremely well...

I see my new Rheumatologist on August 2nd, I hope she (I THINK it's a 'she'...) can do something for me, it's getting ridiculous. What amused me is when I wound up in the ER a few nights ago with chest pains I had about 3 or 4 doctors ask me if I've been diagnosed with rheumatoid for SURE... It was driving me mad.
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