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RA Symptoms:

RA Symptoms:

I have gained weight, sleep problems, Eye problems, blood in urine, UTI infections, lower back problems, depression, mood swings, panic attacks, breathing problems, extreme fatigue, stomach problems and blood from rectum. I guess my question is: Is this going to be my daily life forever?? Trying to handle all of this but so tired of living like this, I want to be normal again!!!!

A myRAteam Member said:

I am going into my 5th year, since being diagnosed,, so far,, it's been a long and painful journey. I guess I keep wondering when this is going to end? Except it doesn't!! At first,,, I wiuld pray for just one hour of No pain,,, with medication it has become somewhat manageable,,, still have bad days and good days,, I hate the winter days, so painful, looking forward to spring and summer!

posted 3 months ago
A myRAteam Member said:

I am often overwhelmed. It's been 30 years. When that overwhelm is worse I have to find what brings me joy. Even one little thing every day. For me it might be one poem, seeing the clouds, a phone call, laughter, baseball on the radio

My life changed from being an RN to losing my career at 30. It sounds unbelievable but I realize I wouldn't be who I am if my life had been different even with the difficult problems from RA, cancer and radiation, and 2 other autoimmune illnesses.

You don't say how long you've felt so ill and overwhelmed, how long since you were diagnosed. I believe it is a VERY long process for some inner healing to cope with RA. That's because, obviously you feel awful, and because it is a deep grieving process to let go of how you thought life would be and who you were, to finding who you might be now.

Wishing you peace ❤️

posted 3 months ago
A myRAteam Member said:

Wow, I’m shocked ur going through all of that. I hope ur in touch with ur doctor cuz the blood in urine and rectum in really dangerous. Having that problem means ur bleeding internally. I died Briefly due to lose of blood and low blood pressure. It turned out I had a bleeding ulcer. I spent a month in the hospital cuz the doctors couldn’t stop the bleeding. Please get yourself checked out. It’s very painful to loose blood like that. That will definately anger ur body. Just thought I’d sure. Please take care

posted 3 months ago
A myRAteam Member said:

Before I answer your question, RA has changed my life by making myself live a quiet but productive life. I have violent flares and I confront them by accepting it, and giving it time to heal. No tears, no complaining, just tender walks, meditation, clean diet. I still use my swollen hands and work on my paintings.
No, your life will not be forever terrible because you can change the way this horrible disease controls your life. Our brain is a powerful machine press the right buttons and you will have better days. Much love and light to you.

posted 3 months ago
A myRAteam Member said:

You have to try. I know it's hard. I can give advice might help with sleep. I use a weighted blanket and a white noise machine. So helpful for me. Also sleepy time tea.
The other stuff sounds like your dr should know about. Hope you have a good one. Be kind to yourself.
So sorry it's this hard. Prayers.

posted 3 months ago
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