So happy to have Carolanivey joining us! She brings a different experience and view point that will surely benefit all. Welcome!
Thank you, I look forward to doing what I can to help people navigate this often confusing and scary journey.
A little about me:
I'm Carolan, 50 years old, dx'ed with JRA at age 5. Luckily (?) for me my disease was more the slow, grinding, chronic type than the more aggressive type. I had my first joint replacement, the left hip in 1997 at age 37, and since then it's been a steady parade of surgical tweaks.
Currently I'm fairly stable (my husband may debate the "stable" part - I'm in menopause!); my two main RA drugs are methotrexate and Enbrel, both by sub-q injection. Also Mobic (meloxicam), an NSAID.
I also take meds for GERD, hypertension, glaucoma. Um, I think that's it...must consult my list.
I have a husband, two kids, two dogs. I work from home as a writer, writing technical documentation, marketing copy, web content, and fiction.
At this point in my life, there isn't any part of me that hasn't been poked, prodded, and analyzed to death. LOL Ask me anything, it's almost impossible to embarrass me. ;)