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State of mind
sfonseca7 posted:

This may sound strange but today I feel happier after being diagnosed with RA. Why….because it tells me I'm not crazy. I've been validated… pain has been given a name. Tomorrow will be my first day on Methotreate. The Dr. said it would take awhile to make a difference but that's a brighter future t than what I've experienced in the past. I'm grateful to have the RA Community. I'm grateful to find other stores like mine.

Caprice_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hi Sfonseca and welcome to WebMD!

You have a great attitude and I'm sure it will serve you well.

I hope others will respond too and I hope you'll keep us updated on how it's going for you.
We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us. ~Joseph Campbell
An_243189 responded:
I felt the exact same way. I had excruciating nerve pain for years, and it wasn't until they took me off all the psyche meds, that I felt every pain in my body. I literally thought I was dying. Every single joint hurt, every muscle hurt, and of course the nerve damage is now permanent. RA was a surprising diagnosis, because other parts of my body were being attacked, including my eyes. My nail beds are all ridged, and it was obvious that I had some sort of disease process going on, but several neurologists later, I ended up at a rheumatologist. My rheumatoid levels were sky high. I've been on treatment for months, and for the first time in years, the depression is gone. RA is the new Lupus, and it does a great job of baffling doctors, unless of course you see the right specialist. I can't even convey what it feels like NOT knowing what battle your'e fighting. It's indescribable hopelessness. Now I feel empowered! It's the not knowing that is so hard.
singingbear replied to An_243189's response:
Sfonseca7, I know exactly what you mean. I think I actually suprised them on the phone when they gave me my test results and confirmed RA. I actually sounded very happy about it. I was so relieved to know there was a valid reason for all my pain and not be told once again that my knee pain was all from my weight. Shortly after hanging up the phone I cried but I really believe it was a cry of relief. I still have mixed feelings but at least I know with the diagnosis there is a chance for some pain relief. I have not seen the doctor yet since the eye opening call so I am not on any kind of meds. I try to dull the pain some with Aleve for now but then there are days like today when it helps very little. I signed a lease on a house yesterday so that I can get out of my upstairs apartment. The stairs are unbearable. Now comes the task of getting packed and moved. I know that I over did it the last few days trying to get everything set up, utilities on, appliances bought, etc. Hopefully I can get some much needed rest tomorrow. I read the side effects of some of the meds used to treat RA and they do scare me but I have to trust that my quality of life is more important then worrying about what if. I wish you the best of luck!

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