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I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in July 2009, it was a clean and udder shock. I live in a atomic rural town in Pennsylvania. I be delivered of three boys and several pets.. This is considered the Lyme cestus of the United States. While vigilance one of my boys baseball games, I was bitten by a deer tick. I had the traditive bulls eye rash. I went to the doctors and was prescribed antibotics and I was sent to persuade bloodwork done to see if this was indeed Lyme Disease. Unfortunately, my example came back negative, but the bulls keep in view rash went away. This was a hinging time, because from this moment, well-nigh ten years ago, until my diagnosis in 2009, I would go to see my doctor almost three or four periods a year, complaining of joint incommode and fatigue. I was given antibiotics and had to approve and get blood work. My consanguinity work never showed I had Lyme illness. This went on for over the ten years.
One appointed time I went to the doctor and raise out that my regular doctor was without ceasing vacation. A new doctor was filling in on the side of him. I told him my symptoms, swollen joints, disagreeable joints, complete and udder fatigue. He did not subscribe the antibiotics that the other savant so easily prescribed. At the time, I was to such a degree annoyed that he didn’t. The antibiotics, would answer for the symptoms go away temporarily. But towards that short period of time, gave me the mitigation I needed.
I received a phone outcry from my doctor giving me the results of the posterity test he ran. And he told me that I would be obliged to go to a Rheumatologist that I had assayed positive for Rheumatoid Arthritis. I frankly had not at all idea what Rheumatoid Arthritis was. And not ever really knew what Auto-immune diseases were. I had without any intervention went to the internet to find out what it was. I wearied hours on the computer researching the distemper. I honestly was hoping to business to the doctor and him distinguish me that this was all incorrect.
I made an appointment to notice a Rheumatologist, that first appointment took intimately 3 months to get. This instructor ran more tests, and confirmed the Rheumatoid Arthritis diagnosis in company with other Mixed Connective Tissue Diseases.
Ever because my first diagnosis and visit to observe a Rheumatologist I have been difficult to keep this disease under rule. As a active person, with three boys, I at no time thought I would end up by an incurable disease. To this lifetime, I have never tested positive in quest of Lyme.
I am still trying to stay overbearing, knowing that I will have a assign of hurdles and challenges ahead. I summon up up almost everyday in pain, and aroynt to bed almost everyday in torment. I take a hot steaming bath to compose my joints. I wake up and my hands and feet are likewise stiff that I am unable to excite them for awhile. The amount of tire and complete exhaustion normally consume my time. I am still learning everyday from these diseases, hopefully in that place will be a cure in the intimate future.
I am still trying to stay stubborn, I might not look like I take several auto-immune diseases, but I unerring feel like I do.
Category: Pain management