CreakyJoints: How Do You Continue To Stay So Positive?

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In a Special Guest Blog Post, RA Guy answers the question he is most frequently asked by his readers: How does he manage to stay so positive, despite the challenges he faces on a daily basis?

“For me, a positive attitude doesn’t mean that I hope my pain goes away; it means that I hope to be able to cope with this pain even better.” —RA Guy

Over the many years of blogging as Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy I have received many messages from readers, more so than most people might be able to imagine. A majority of these messages can easily be divided into two groups. The first are from people who appreciate the sense of humor that I continually apply to my life with RA. (Because sometimes, a wicked sense of humor is the only way forward!) The second are from readers who tell me that they are inspired by my ability to maintain a positive attitude, despite the challenges that I face on a daily basis.

While I make it a point to respond to each and every email personally, I must admit that there are times—especially when my rheumatoid arthritis symptoms are at their worst—that some of these messages start to slip through. So I would like to take this opportunity to respond publicly to the one question that I am asked most frequently: How do you continue to stay so positive?

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  1. Kiran

    My name is Kiran and I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when I was 11. I’ve started a blog to hopefully help other persons with RA understand it better. I won’t be able to tell you what medications work as I’m not a doctor but I will be discussing exercises, diets, and my experience with different treatments. No one should feel like they’re alone, especially a child.

  2. Victoria

    Hello RA guy and community
    My name is Victoria and last year I was diagnosed with RA at the age of 29. It was quite a shock as no one in my family has ever had anything but osteoarthritis. I had migrating joint pain for a few months, never lasting more that a week in each joint. But the pain in the bottom of my heels and feet lasted for a good couple of months. All of a sudden it all poofed away and my right wrist was the only joint affected. During that process my primary care doc sent me to a rheumatologist where my blood tests said my Rheumatiod factor was through the roof. All other blood test markers agreed that I had RA. Funny though over the course of the past year no other joint has ever been affected… And I have been on 4 different medications (started methotrexate 7 weeks ago… No improvement) I have lost most of the cartilage in my wrist since then and have constant pain there. I wear a hard brace that resembles a rollerblading wrist guard at home and at night. At this point I am wondering if it really is RA, since it has been over a year and no other joints are joining in; and flare ups have not seemed to happen since the very beginning, if they even were flare ups. I have constant pain which is aggrevated by movement or my hand being bumped in the wrong direction, etc. I am thankful that I have had minimal side effects with methotrexate but have lost hair (they told me it was stress related), always fatigued no matter what time of day, no nodules, minimal rashes … If it is RA I consider myself very lucky to have only one joint in pain, albeit constant and very inhibiting as I am a graphic designer and artist professionally and right-handed. I am worried about my longevity in my industry and whether or not I really have RA… To wrap it all up…has anyone out there been misdiagnosed or has asymmetric joint pain? Or been on methotrexate and waited a long time for its effects?

    I also want to commend RA Guy and the readers, hope is a great thing and to see people fight this thing makes me confident I can make it through this…. Whatever it may be. Cheers to you all.

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