I don’t think these autoimmune diseases that we battle get enough publicity. People really don’t have a clue what we live with and how much pain we are in.
I want to hear from you. This post is about Rheumatoid Arthritis/Disease. I’d like to know what your first symptoms were. The very first symptoms if you think way back before you were diagnosed and now can connect it to RA/RD, and the the first symptoms that sent you looking for answers knowing something was very wrong.
I know this can be a difficult question to answer especially if you have more then one autoimmune illness.
For me, as far as Rheumatoid Arthritis goes, I would say my first symptoms were back and hip pain. Neither of which sent me to the Dr. for answers. I just thought that I was getting older and things hurt.
The thing that finally sent me in the fight of my life for answers was severe elbow pain. It started out of nowhere and hurt so bad that I would have tears streaming down my face involuntarily. I could hardly use my arms. It started in one elbow and spread to the other. Then other joints followed in quick succession. I was told for a long time that I had tennis elbow. Even though it was in both elbows out of nowhere one day. I’ve heard many say that their first symptom was extreme fatigue.
Rheumatoid Arthritis/Disease does not always start in the fingers or hands as believed by many. There aren’t always red or inflamed joints. It can even start in your organs. Our own immune systems attack us anywhere and everywhere at any given time. The disease does not fit in a box despite what Dr.’s seem to want to believe.
So where did your Rheumatoid Arthritis start for you? What sent you to the Dr.s? Did the Dr.’s believe you?
My hope is that this will help others in their struggle for answers.
Sunshine & Rainbows,