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kellyvl - responded
An_246556 posted:
Hello Everyone;

I am new to the group. I was diagnosed in Sept 2011 and because of WebMD, I knew that I had RA! I was hurting so bad, hands and feet very stiff, and extremely tired all of the time. My family didn't understand until I was offically diagnosed by the Specialist. I started off with Prednisone for 2 weeks and now take Folic Acid, Plaquenil and Methotrexate. I stopped using all chemicals in my hair and wear it natural. I actually did that because it hurt my hands too much to do all of the blow drying and curling.
If anyone is any major problems with their feet, I recommend a pair of Birkenstock Sandals. They have been the only thing to help me.
Caprice_WebMD_Staff responded:
It's great to hear how WebMD helped you understand your condition, and I appreciate you updating us on how you're doing and sharing a tip!
We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us. ~Joseph Campbell
xperky responded:
Hi. I've changed my hair style too, and avoid standing and holding a hair dryer any more. May I ask the reason for stopping the chemicals? Have they caused you problems? I sometimes worry that coloring my hair may not be healthy for me, but I don't know the latest data on that.

Thanks, also, for the shoe info.
kellyvl replied to xperky's response:
Hello xperky;

I have used chemical perms off and on since 1979 and coloring it too. I decided that I absolutely had to stop using the chemicals because they are so bad for the hair. I stopped using permanent color and now use semi-permanent/rinses. They don't last as long, but there is alot less damage to the hair.
kellyvl replied to Caprice_WebMD_Staff's response:

I am not in the medical field; however I think it is very important for people to understand medical terms so when they go to see the doctor, there is a better understanding between doctor and patient. Education and research is power!!! Thanks again WebMD!!
smporter replied to kellyvl's response:
I also use semi/permanent color. The color fades, but the roots aren't as visible, so the whole effect is more natural. That way hair color is one more thing I can put off if I'm not feeling well.
kellyvl replied to smporter's response:
I totally agree with you!!

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