Saturday, December 1, 2012

Arthritis, oh I have that too!

It took me a while to decide if I should name this page Rheumatoid Arthritis or not.
I'm one along with many others, who are hoping for a name change for this disease. Then people will hopefully begin to realize this is much more than "just arthritis".
For now this is the name, with the hope we get a new name and a new awareness of the fatigue, pain, the disease activity, the extreme medications we have to take, how our immune systems are compromised. 
 How each patient is different. How I feel like I have been run over by a tank some days, and other days feel like someone has beaten be repeatedly with a hammer and sliced me open. Sorry I got sidetracked there.

I will post more later about immune systems and the disease process. 

In the meantime, I added some links at the bottom of the page that have great information, and are great sources of support as well! 
Arthritis? No. you don't have the arthritis I have. You likely have osteoarthritis which affects the joints primarily. This is the one they call the old people's disease. The one you can "just take an aspirin" for. 

Even if you do have Rheumatoid Arthritis like me, yours is yours and mine is mine as we all progress differently and respond differently to treatment.

It is my hope we all get treated and recognized as individuals. If we can't find a cure yet, we should be able to find a way to better educate people and not feel so alone. My dream would be that this disease gets the recognition that is overdue and is deserved and will finally not be know as "just arthritis"


1 comment:

  1. Like you, this is also my personal dilemma when it comes to my joint health. But after taking my doctor's recommended supplement, slowly I no longer fee; the pain until it disappears. That's why I'm taking the same joint supplement until now.

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