• 10 months ago

    Beta Rheumatoid Mom

    I was very recently diagnosed with RA, and even more recently informed my disease is severe. Collectively, the news is so fresh I am still trying to figure out how to wrap my head around it. Truthfully, it all feels so surreal. My denial is singing a song to the tune of 'there must be some mistake"; then there are bouts of the volume dimming and I'm finding myself wondering how much time I have and what "crippled" me looks like.

    The circle I have shared this with is rather small and they are understanding and supportive minus a couple of people. One being my mom, and two being a dear lifelong friend. Even with extensive explanation they both seem to be void of understanding and acknowledgment. I've heard, "Grandma has arthritis and look at her. She's fine", and "Hmm, that's strange. You should seek opinion from another specialist." This troubles me immensely and I don't understand why I have such a burning desire for their cognizance. Why is their clear understanding and acknowledgment of this crippling disease almost robbing me of my ability to seek solace in the support and comfort offered by others in my life of equal value?

    I know me, and I know there is a day in my near future where I accept my new reality, but right now I'm struggling.


  • 9 months ago

    RE: Beta Rheumatoid Mom

    Today, most of the doctor says that those people dealing with rheumatism and arthritis, hydrotherapy is one of the best treatment. Last year my mother was also dealing with arthritis, so as per doctor recommendation, I had installed a walk-in bathtub from the walk in tub Tacoma( http://www.walkinbathtubwa.com/hydrotherapy/) supplier, because it has hydrotherapy jets, which can help to relieve pain from the muscle rigidity, and aches from rheumatism and arthritis. So, after she takes a warm water for 20-25 minutes she found an effective results for her health issues.
  • 9 months ago

    RE: Beta Rheumatoid Mom

    Hi Rheumom, I am also a rheumatoid mom and I believe that we can shape our new reality. Dynamic stretching, exercising and eating a plant-based whole food diet without gluten or much sugar has transformed my condition. Look into eating foods that are anti-inflammatory and and avoiding foods that cause inflammation. It makes a life changing difference. You got this!
  • 8 months ago

    RE: Beta Rheumatoid Mom

    I was where you are now about 8 years ago. Try not to panic... I know easier said than done. Be really pushy with getting to a rhemy dr. I had trouble with my insurance giving me doctors with the run around. So, if you are already headed there that is great. Gone untreated it can be impossible to function at all.
    People will never understand what RA is. I have learned this the hard way. Tell them one time and try to move on. I wear gloves that help a little and people can't seem to shut up about them!
    Hang in there it will get better.