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Has Family History Helped Anyone?

Has Family History Helped Anyone?

Is there any good reason to contact my birth family in regards to genetic links to RA / other autoimmune diseases? By good reason, I mean can any info actually help with treatments, etc. I have info to help contact each side, but I don't expect it will be well received. Is it worth the drama? Has family history actually helped anyone?

posted almost 7 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

Looking back I discovered that RA seems to skip a generation. I tracked it back several generations. If it is genetic, then the knowledge would be helpful in the future. Has anyone gotten involved in Yoga? I have a 32 year old friend with RA. The disease was stealing her quality of life. She got so devoted to yoga that she became an instructor. The exercise and peace have allowed her to discontinue all meds. She has lost 40 pounds and no longer tests positive for RA!

edited, originally posted almost 7 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

I am adopted, and I found out that my birth grandmother had RA, I told my rheumy, but it didn't seem to matter as far as my treatment. I would save yourself the drama..it's not worth it. When I met my birth mother it was a lot of drama, and she wasn't what I expected..not a good situation

posted almost 7 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

I have a strong history of RA on both sides. I've had a couple doctors ask about it but not much came of it other than maybe a mark on my file. One even told me it didn't really matter. I'm not sure my treatment would have changed at all without that information, so I'd think it may not be worth the drama. Good luck with whatever you decide though!

posted almost 7 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

A deep question. One answer is that you know you have RA AND you have a huge supportive and informative family in this community site. The other answer is how would it benefit you? Either way, do what is good for you!

posted almost 7 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

I was adopted at the age of 2 years old and my Natural babysitter I grew up with (at the age of 42 passed away from Cancer) I do know my biological parents and medical history on both sides.
Its been helpful knowing different forms of Cancer, Heart Disease (High/low blood pressure also), Glycomoa, as well as different forms of Arthritis/RA, Diabetes (Hypo/hyperglycemia).
So, to me it is worth knowing biological family medical history. It doesn't mean you have to become a part of their lives, it just gives You vital medical information to you. On all medical paperwork I am able to say Yes to family history of Cancer, RA/Arthritis and other medical issues.

But when it comes down to it, You Decide what's Best for YOU!

posted almost 7 years ago
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