About Me

I really am in my mid-30’s. I really am a guy. I really do live with rheumatoid arthritis.

That said, a real superhero never reveals his true identity.

My rheumatoid arthritis started when I was in my 20’s, although I had no idea back then that I was dealing with rheumatoid arthritis.  My heels hurt, my knees creaked, and I slowly began to realize that these and other symptoms became more prominent during winter.  I thought this was the normal aging process and that my body was just a little more achy because of the cold weather.  (Ahh, the innocence of youth.)

As soon as I reached my 30’s, my body went haywire.  The pain never went away. I lost the use of my knees.  During my odyssey from doctor to doctor, I stumbled upon a rheumatologist, who confirmed that I did indeed have rheumatoid arthritis.  I really did not know much about rheumatoid arthritis up until the time I was diagnosed.

In the five year since my diagnosis, I have learned a lot about  rheumatoid arthritis.

I learned what TENS means. I gained weight. I regained the use of my knees. I got on meds. I got off meds. I got back on meds. I started doing yoga. I lost a lot of weight. I started taking hot baths. I started sleeping with wool socks. I started taking lots of NSAIDs. I started having stomach problems. I got depressed. I started wearing ankle braces. I started wearing wrist braces. I got happy. I started meditating. I started writing positive affirmations. I started pacing myself through my day-to-day activities. I went into remission. I came out of remission. I had lots of flares. I started therapy. I started getting early joint damage. I started this blog.

Most importantly, I started to learn how to LIVE with rheumatoid arthritis.

I have no doubt that I still have a lot to learn.  I wish to share some of my ups and downs as I continue my journey through chronic pain and debilitating inflammation.  I hope to use humor to try to lighten the situation.  To my fellow superheros, when your joints start signaling with pulsating pain and red inflammation, please know – Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy is there!