After reading RD onset stories on RAWarriors.com, I started to think about my onset story. I realized that I've been in pain since I can remember. At 9 or so, my legs and feet would ache so bad that I would take off my shoes and wouldn't be able to walk.
At 11 I was diagnosed with scoliosis and had surgery when I was 12. During this time I had pain and swelling in my knees.
During jr high and high school I suffered from excruciating pain in the heels of my… read more
I know your frustration. My husband and I have pondered this question a lot. I definitely had symptoms in my late teens early twenties. I didn't get diagnosed till I was 38. My knees were so bad by then that they needed replaced and that's how I finally got my diagnosis. So I'd say yes it's possible.
Thanks ladies. I guess I shouldn't dwell on it too much. I'm just glad I was finally diagnosed and I'm not a hypochondriac or crazy! :-)
I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia at the age of 13 and never quite thought it was right. I've been to more rheumatologists over the years than I can count and have always had abnormal lab work. It wasn't until about 9 months ago that my rheumatologist got an MRI of my wrist during a flare that he was able to connect the dots and provide a diagnosis of RA. He know thinks, looking over my history, that I've had RA since I was a child.
Sounds like you had a tough time of it. It sure sounds like the culprit was R A all along. But of course we can't say for sure. Hopefully you can start to feel better, and the meds bring you relief.
Bless you and yours