I use to be such a “Fashionista” now I wear Rheumatoid Arthritis Hands, Knee and Ring Splint fashion!
Living With “Rheumatoid Arthritis” is pure hell!! #FindACure Arthritis affects 52.5 million US adults, more than 1 of 5. It is a leading cause of disability in the United States and one of the most common chronic conditions in the nation. Arthritis is a common cause of chronic pain.
Rheumatoid Arthritis: Also called: RA
A chronic inflammatory disorder affecting many joints, including those in the hands and feet.
What is a Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease in which your body’s immune system – which protects your health by attacking foreign substances like bacteria and viruses – mistakenly attacks your joints. The abnormal immune response causes inflammation that can damage joints and organs, such as the heart.
I was first diagnosed with Child Rheumatism “Arthritis”also called Juvenile Arthritis “In the legs” when I was 9 years old I remembered this just like it was yesterday my doctor treated me for 6 months then my Arthritis went away just like it came. After 30 something years go by the Arthritis came back with a vengeance I now have it in my hands, fingers, wrist, knees, arms, elbows, neck, ankles and jaw I had symptoms first for about 5 months before the arthritis really hit. It was really hard trying to find the right medication for my RA. I went to an Acupuncture doctor for my allergies and that really helped me, how ever the acupuncture didn’t help with my RA so I started treating my RA with herbal remedies and eating more healthy along with juicing. Having Rheumatoid Arthritis is a daily struggle you have good days and you have bad days, it also depends on what you eat if I eat the wrong food such as white rice or tomatoes even lots of cheese and so on, I’ll have flare ups and when that happens I can barley walk use my arms or hands. So I have to make sure I eat right more fish and veggies and juicing, my hand are trying to deform I’m always trying to bend them straight my knees hurt really bad the right one more than the left I limp at times. I’m a martial artist and I love kickboxing and running I’m unable to do that right now😦 I have to do every thing much slower “I Want My Life Back”
I changed Rheumatologist so I hope to see more improvements soon, but I went to a hand and knee specialist, so next month I’ll be having hand surgery on both of my hands and my knee is swollen so I’m going to Physical Therapy now for my knee hopefully I won’t have to have knee surgery.
This is why I haven’t blogging much because I’m in pain😦 after the surgeries hopefully I be like brand new and I’ll start back blogging or Vlogging..
Rheumatoid Arthritis has really changed my life everyday it’s a struggle I hope they find a cure soon.
In this picture of me below is my hand braces, knee braces and finger splints they look like rings and there also called ring splints the help keep the finger joints from deforming they also support my fingers when they hurt!
My YouTube video below shows some of the hand splits that my hand therapist made for me to re-leave the pain in my fingers, wrist, hand an arm for night time use if I need it!
My struggle with Rheumatoid Arthritis! Video
Ipray that a cure will be found for Rheumatoid Arthritis soon!
Rheumatoid Arhritis is often thought to be a condition related to old age, but this isn’t always the case. According to the Arthritis Foundation, the average onset of RA is between the ages of 30 and 60, and children can also get it.
Almost 300,000 children in the United States have some form of arthritis or rheumatic disease (a disease that affects the muscles and joints). The most common form of arthritis that affects children is juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA). If your child has stiffness, swelling, and pain in his joints, talk with his doctor about the possibility of arthritis.