Got a dx today I sort of knew was coming.
About a year ago my feet started to hurt and my hands swelled some.
On our long drive west last summer, every time I would get out of out truck, when I would land on my feet, the pain was excruciating.
By Christmas, I was in agony. My doc gave me a steroid shot (heaven!) and referred me to a rheumatologist. Her name is Elizabeth Taylor. Really!
By the time I saw the specialist, I was better, but she felt some inflammation. Blood was drawn, another visit, blood was negative, an anti-inflammatory was prescribed, and a follow up appointment made for June. The doc was hoping I had simply reacted to a latent infection.
A few weeks ago the flare began. I swelled some and the pain returned. Yesterday I hit the wall. I called Elizabeth Taylor and today, it is official - I have rheumatoid arthritis. Crap!
But, I'm betting on remission, and I'm going forward.
If you aren't familiar with RA, google it. It's not your grandma's arthritis.