About Me: Female, 55, Hurricane , WV, member since Jul 2011
I started having isolate joint pain but severe, that would last a couple of days but move out. This pain roved around my body hitting a joint and moving out with days of reprieve in between. Then all at once, my whole body was affected. My hands were swollen and I
[More] was unable to use them, my feet hurt to walk on them. My shoulders felt like they were broken. I couldn't pull my pants up or pull the covers over me at night. This was the beginning of 2002. Since it hit me so hard, I was put on aggressive drug therapy immediately and I have prevented a lot of joint damage so far. I have since developed fibromyalgia. Actually, prior to RA I had suffered with polychondritis since the early 80's and did not have a diagnosis until I was diagnosed with RA. Polychondritis has been controlled with the RA treatment. I also now have Raynauds's, secondary to RA.
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