Your head is pounding, your joints are aching, your stomach hurts, your chest is tight, you’re feeling tired and confused, why, all because it’s medication day and you’re dealing with the terrible side effects from the medication you hate you have to take. All you want to do is lie down but even that doesn’t bring the relief you’re craving. No one knows just how hard it is to live a life with Rheumatoid Arthritis and suffer from the effects of the medication given to make you better. Continue reading “RA-Dealing With The Effects of Our Medication”
That defeating feeling you get when you realize your medication is no longer working. That feeling that changes you from being sad to sadder forcing you to face the reality that “I’m about to go down this confusing, scary and unknown road one more time”. How will we ever get our feet on solid ground and is it possible. We’re feeling defeat one more time in a life with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Continue reading “RA-Feeling Defeated Again-When Medication Fails”
Are you tired, worn out and feel you just don’t know what to do anymore because you’re dealing with your ever changing life brought on by Rheumatoid Arthritis. Yes, we all feel this way because it is a disease that is overwhelming and forever changing. Continue reading “RA- The Ongoing Changes Of Rheumatoid Arthritis”
You wake up if you have the luxury of sleeping at all, try your best to get your day going but there is something holding you down, Fatigue. That thing that’s weighing on you like a ton of bricks, that thing that’s sucking your energy from you from your head to your toes. You can’t move no matter how hard you try, no matter how hard you will your body to get up and go. The bed at this time is your ally. You lay in it when you can’t move or when you reach for it for support when you stumble back as you try to stand up but find that you just can’t. Our fatigue is not just being tired, it is being exhausted. It is a feeling you can’t explain to others to make them understand. Fatigue, yes we’re all so familiar with it.
You try your best to move through the exhaustion but it’s much harder than you ever imagined. You wonder when did this all began. Finally you realize this disease Rheumatoid Arthritis snuck it in on you before you knew what happened. You see, standing at the sink brushing your teeth became a chore and that should be a simple thing to do. You stare at yourself in disbelief wondering is this really real and that body in the mirror staring back lets you know, yes you are that person so worn out and exhausted. Sleep isn’t the answer, resting isn’t the answer nor is relaxing the answer. Our body is fighting us and we just have to wait for it to fix itself even if it takes a long time or if ever. Fatigue runs rampant with this disease that we are fighting and living with.
We’re fighting fatigue and that battle is a hard one. It doubles the torture we face daily with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Through the pain we have to deal with comes the fatigue that is brought on by our meds and our bodies trying to protect us. We are grounded by these 2 more than anyone will ever really know. No one can imagine trying to carry on a day struggling against pain while not having the strength to do so. It does no good to wish for a work day or day to end and our night to begin because sleep is not the cure for our enemy Fatigue. The thing that wrings our bodies dry.
How does it feel to be too exhausted to think, I’m sure no one can imagine that. You really won’t know the answer to that unless you felt it, unless your walk has been in one of our shoes. You can barely move and you certainly can’t get your mind to focus to make yourself move so there it is, your whole body controlled by fatigue. It is awful to feel that you are useless because of a body that just can’t do what you want. All of this makes you feel guilty towards yourself and those in your life. Does this sound extreme!! Maybe to some but this is no exaggeration. Getting up and to have to lay back down in exhaustion is a cry that we cry many days. It is something that is a struggle at the simplest level and there’s no cure for us. We are saying yes but our bodies are saying I just cannot. So the fight to go is an ongoing fight, one that fatigue so often wins.
Fatigue: Extreme tiredness from mental or physical illness. “He/She was nearly dead with Fatigue”. Sounds familiar!!
I’ve lost my identity to Rheumatoid Arthritis. Yes I see myself and I may look the same but in reality I’m not the same. This disease has me asking “Who Am I” and how do I come to accept the person that disease has made me. It’s hard but I will. My Fate My Foe!! Continue reading “RA-Rheumatoid Arthritis, My Fate-My Foe”
When I say I am sick, what do you think I mean. When I say to you I am so tired, can you see that I really am. When I say I hate all of the medicines I have to take, do you wonder why. When I say all of this is because I have “Rheumatoid Arthritis”, do you know what I’m talking about or do you think I’m being weak and a complainer without knowing or understanding my honest truth. Can I tell you something about it!! Continue reading “RA-Can I Tell You Something About It”
This is for each and everyone of us dealing with this dreadful disease. A provoking thought about us and our disease and how it affects us each day as we try our best to move forward through our struggles. The I & Me in the title is For You!! A little bit of truth about our lives with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Continue reading “RA-Rheumatoid Arthritis-Me And My Life”
Having Rheumatoid Arthritis means we have a chronic disease that will never leave us or ever give us a break from its unrelenting effects that it’s releases on us. So for us to be able to make an attempt at a reasonable life, we are forced to take medications, try medications and deal with medications in hopes of getting a hold on this devastating disease. Continue reading “RA – Your Medications For Rheumatoid Arthritis – Are The Side Effects Taking Its Toll On You”
Our immune system is designed to protect us from anything that it thinks is a harm to us so it believes that Rheumatoid Arthritis Disease which is an autoimmune disease is harmful so it attacks it and this is why we have to take medications that are designed to help us but they weakens our immune system and causes us to be at risk for many things that can be a danger to us. How do we protect our weakened immune system? Are there things that you are embarrassed to do or say! Are you afraid to say things to others in order to protect yourself! These are some of the things I’m sure we as rheumatoid arthritis sufferers think about. This can be an uneasy subject to tackle, so how do we take charge. Is it necessary? Continue reading “RA – Rheumatoid Arthritis – Medications and Our Weakened Immune System – How Do You Take Charge”