Rheumatoid Arthritis – My Story of Struggle and Freedom

Rheumatoid Arthritis – My Story of Struggle and Freedom

When it comes to rheumatoid arthritis, we all have our own story–when we found out, where we hurt, how bad the pain was, how long it took to find out “What’s wrong with me?” I started I-Have-Rheumatoid-Arthritis.com as a place to share my story and encourage you to share yours.  I’ve learned many lessons along the way, and I know you have, too. When we all share what we’ve discovered, we will not only find answers, but also find support from someone who knows what we’re going through.   Please feel free to leave comments and share your story.  Because yours is a story worth telling. Where It All Began My story began in December 2007 with the worst flu I’ve ever had.  It was so bad I even went to the doctor (which I...

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

As the first post, I guess I should explain briefly what Rheumatoid Arthritis is (as I understand it. I’m not a doctor). Rheumatoid Arthritis is weird. From talking with the doctors we’ve visited and through reading, the cause is unknown although there are many theories. The causes of RA and even some of the workings of the condition are debated by medical professionals and researchers. It’s called an auto-immune disease and it’s very tough. If you want a more technical description, here’s what Wikipedia has to say: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, systemic inflammatory disorder that may affect many tissues and organs, but principally attacks synovial joints. The process produces an inflammatory response of the synovium...