It's now been about 3 years now since I was first diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Looking back on the journey so far I realize how lucky I am. Lucky that I got in to see my amazing rheumotologist within weeks of my intial symptoms, and lucky that we were able to find the right medication for me. As happy as all of that may sound it hasn't all been sunshine and rainbows. My personal journey isn't something I talk about a lot so here's just a little bit of what has happened in the last 3 years.
When I first started treatment I was taking medication everyday. Just about every time I saw my doctor I had to get shots to help reduce the swelling and pain. The medication I was on wasn't doing anything and it was the most frustrating and upsetting thing I have gone through. I was so lucky to have such supportive family and friends, but when nothing works you can't help but feel just a little bit alone. With the help of my doctor we found the right medication, which now has me on a shot of medication a week. Due to this though it means I am also constantly getting bloodwork done to make sure everything is going okay. I share this because these were never aspects of this diagnosis that I even knew exsisted. There's more to arthritis then just swelling and pain. It's medication and bloodwork and so much more.
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