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Pain from Rheumatoid Arthritis

RA-Feeling Defeated Again-When Medication Fails

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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”

RA-The Quest For Answers-Before The Diagnosis

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Before you were diagnosed, did you go the doctor and was told the aches and pains you were feeling was from being overworked or just achy joints or even arthritis then told to take it easy and to take over the counter medicines.  Of course that did not work so very soon you’re back at the doctor’s office again maybe they’re asking a few more questions and more examining but this time you’re given prescription medication in hopes that this time your issue will be fixed.  No that doesn’t work for you either because what’s going on with you has yet to be diagnosed. Continue reading “RA-The Quest For Answers-Before The Diagnosis”

RA – Rheumatoid Arthritis Never Forgetting

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LIFE WITH RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS HAS NO SET RULES.  IT IS FILLED WITH UNCERTAINTIES AND STRUGGLES. HOW DO WE MAKE IT IN A LIFE THAT TEETERS ON THE EDGE OF PAIN, FATIGUE AND SO MUCH MORE THAN WE EVER THOUGHT POSSIBLE!!!! Continue reading “RA – Rheumatoid Arthritis Never Forgetting”

RA – Rheumatoid Arthritis-Strength Our State of Being

force-2483944_640Rheumatoid Arthritis wears us out, it wears us down and it takes it toll but through it all we still try our best to be strong.  Strength for us is a form of Survival.  It helps us mentally to deal with our lives physically.  Yet there are those times when we feel like giving up but how do we stay strong in the throes of a disease that so often takes our “strength”, the very thing we need to keep us going.  Continue reading “RA – Rheumatoid Arthritis-Strength Our State of Being”

RA – Pain Where Doesn’t It Hurt-It’s Real

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Pain-Physical suffering or discomfort caused by illness. Our definition of daily life with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

That definition sums it up for us. When we can’t open our hands, bend our knees or barely walk because of pain, don’t think that’s us pretending.  Pain, pain and more pain this is what our lives are comprised off.  Too many places to pinpoint and too many places to say which one is hurting the most.  Because we are crying out in pain is that wrong?  Does that mean we are attention seeking or trying to get out of doing things?  Not with what we go through each and every day we wake up facing this disease known to us as Rheumatoid Arthritis.  It means we are hurting and we are in constant pain, a fact of our lives that can’t be erased no matter what others may think. Continue reading “RA – Pain Where Doesn’t It Hurt-It’s Real”

RA-Rheumatoid Arthritis-You Don’t Know

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Feeling the pain and fatigue, what do you do! What can you do! Does anyone really understand what it’s like to be a prisoner to a disease that will never let you go.  That disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Take a look at us, we all have different looks.  Some of us look perfectly normal, some of us semi normal, some of us have deformities, some of with canes and walkers, some of us in wheelchairs and some of us even bedridden, so our looks with this disease comes with many faces.  Faces in pain, faces with tear stains, faces with fake smiles, faces of frustration, faces showing fatigue, faces of confusion, faces of loneliness and faces of hope.  There can be so much misunderstanding about what we should look like when we have a chronic disease but our faces may not tell our true story.

Do people really get that for many of us we may not have the physical disabilities but we are suffering with the aches and pains in our joints that leaves us bound to a life with painful movement causing us to stay in one place more than we want to.  Simply because our looks can be deceiving, we end up facing enormous backlash from those who tend to believe we are liars looking for sympathy playing games with an awful illness.  In reality seeing who we are may not show what we are “a person living in pain each and every day”.  A pain that cannot be measured in numbers because the levels sometimes don’t go that high.  A pain that you can’t describe because it’s not like anything you’ve felt before.  A pain that scares you so much but you’re even more afraid to share with those in your life because they just won’t understand or they might be afraid they’re losing you. This is what Rheumatoid Arthritis does to its victims. You just don’t know.

Is it understood what kind of sadness and depression we face daily because our abilities have been stolen from us.  Does anyone understand what it’s like being unable to live a normal life.  A life born to live to its highest but can be taken to its lowest by this disease we have, Rheumatoid Arthritis. We never knew we would be trying so hard to put one foot in front of the other while trying to figure out where that would lead us.  We know where we want to go and what we want to do but so many of our wants have been slowly ripped out of our lives.  The few times we may get lucky enough to do some of these things, we pay the price for it later.  Our bodies cry out in pain as we cry along with it.  We cry because we are happy we were lucky enough to do something we wanted but sad and angry because this is what our lives have come too.  Being unable to do simple things bring more pain because if you can’t do simple things then the harder things are simply a hope or a wish.  You just don’t know.

When people see us cry and ask why, it’s because we are so overwhelmed with everything that we’re going through.  Do they think we’re feeling sorry for ourselves, maybe we are sometimes, we are entitled.  The burden we carry each and every day is heavy and at some point we are bound to break.  The depression is real, the loneliness is epic, the isolation finds us hiding in rooms alone because explaining our tears so many times fall on unsympathetic and deaf ears.  People wonder why we fight this disease alone, it’s because many don’t understand it and don’t want to.  It’s not the crippling disease they’ve come to know, so for those who look okay to them, it’s a question of “what’s your problem”.  We all find ourselves alone sometimes dealing with this disease trying to figure out how best to function within and outside of our family.  We never want to be alone in this battle but we are and it’s no fault of our own.  Loneliness and isolation, You just don’t know.

Rheumatoid Arthritis, what is it?  Our definition: deceiving, devastating, unpredictable, uncertain,  forever changing, damaging, unrelenting, most hated, debilitating, life altering and most misunderstood.  True definition:  a chronic autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system which normally protects its health is by attacking foreign substances mistakenly attacks the joints.  This is not a simple disease or temporary disease and it is not arthritis but one takes control of our lives and leads us down its path that it has for us.  Now we hope that you know and understand our journey just a little bit better.

Be Blessed.

 

RA – Rheumatoid Arthritis-The Thief Within

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Having Rheumatoid Arthritis takes away from us more than one can see.  It is like the thief in the night that comes in and robs you but is bold enough to rob you in broad daylight.  It strips us of the seen and unseen leaving behind pained, confused and fatigued torn lives that we’re trying our best to hold together after being confronted with its wrath.  This is how it feels when this disease strikes our lives tearing it apart without warning stealing from us the person we once were forcing us to face just what it can do and can take from us. Rheumatoid Arthritis one of the biggest and busiest thieves we have come to know.  One that is constantly on the move who never lets us settle down for peace simply because at anytime it can steal just what it wants from us.  Did you turn around one day and your whole life as you knew it had been stolen.  My parallel to a Thief.  What do you think!!! Continue reading “RA – Rheumatoid Arthritis-The Thief Within”

RA – Why Should Loneliness Be A Struggle For Us

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So you’re sitting down thinking about yourself not sure just what to do.  Really not exactly sure what the quiet time means for you.  You may feel lonely or alone with your disease and alone with your thoughts about it.  It may be the quiet time that has you reflecting on what a difference life with Rheumatoid Arthritis has come to be and will be for you from this day forward.

Continue reading “RA – Why Should Loneliness Be A Struggle For Us”

RA-How Does It Feel To Have Rheumatoid Arthritis

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How does it feel to have Rheumatoid Arthritis?  Do you feel overwhelmed, broken, tired, alone, misunderstood, helpless or just plan unhealthy?  How does it feel to be someone who has Rheumatoid Arthritis, a chronic and confusing disease that will rule your life until the end. It is a feeling that no one should ever have to feel. Continue reading “RA-How Does It Feel To Have Rheumatoid Arthritis”

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