If I had a dollar for everytime someone has said to me “Oh, I have arthritis too or I have RA too” I would be rich. And older generations where I’m told “Oh your pain can’t be that bad stop complaining”. I can tell you for a fact that if these people had Rheumatoid Arthritis those words would never be spoken. I wish I had regular arthritis which I believe everyone gets as they get older. But comparing the two is like comparing apples to oranges they are completely different worlds.
2008 I woke up on a Friday morning with my entire body locked up like a vice unable to move. My hands were curled into balls and my fingers were so swollen they were black. Screaming in the worst pain of my life and I knew pain I had endometriosis for ten years before that day. Hubby woke up startled of course when I said I can’t move he didn’t believe me. I rolled onto my side and tried to swing my legs down to the floor screaming every inch of the way. I grabbed the wall tried to stand up and fell flat on my face. My hips knees feet and toes were so swollen the curl in my toes was actually gone and the arches of my feet gone. My husband tried helping me up I fell again walking was out of the question. Now hysterical I was terrifying what was happening to me? Had I been bit in the night by a spider or scorpion? I had no idea what was wrong. The night before I was fine and never ever had anything like this happen to me before.
Hubby carried me to the car and drove me to the doctors office we just walked in and the doctor saw me immediately. He says straight up Tara this looks like Rheumatoid Arthritis I had no idea what Rheumatoid Arthritis was. Just like most people I thought just arthritis and I was so confused. We rushed to hospital to get my RA Factor blood test done and it came back positive. Back at the doctors office he goes over the results and diagnosis of Rheumatoid. Those words changed my life forever I was terrified. I was told that if the progression continued that fast I would be in a wheelchair in six months.
Now 2016 I am not in a wheelchair yet I have fought it everyday every step. And as of last year I have a second diagnosis of Fibromyalgia as well. I do everything I can to try and stay positive and active. Whatever I am doing has worked this far. Spreading smiles under my pain gritting my teeth when people ask me how I am today, smile and say oh I’m good thanks. If they only really knew and understood my daily battle. But I choose to fight the battle as long as I can and keep smiling.
So the point of this blog is for people to understand and educate themselves on Rheumatoid Arthritis before you say oh, I have arthritis too. Im not discounting those with you know the regular Ole Arthur everyone has I’m sure it’s a nightmare too. You know someone with RA give them a hand because theirs don’t work. Cook them a dinner give them your friendship and love. Number one though please if you do not have Rheumatoid Arthritis diagnosis don’t say to them you have RA too.
Love Tara Spoonie for life
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