Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The History of Me

I remember the first time I woke up on a Saturday morning and my left had hurt. I didn’t do anything special or different the day before so I was sort of worried. It was a pain in my wrist that I had never felt before. It was stiff and swollen but deep inside and it there was a sharp pain if I moved it the wrong way. We had planned to clean out in the garage and throw stuff away we didn’t need and reorganize. I pushed through the day with it never getting any worse but now I know I should have stopped. At about the pain was really bad. I always have had a high pain tolerance and I would tell my wife a 9 or 10 pain scale should be a hospital run. I was freaked out my fingers became swollen and looked like sausages. By I was throwing up in the bathroom because the pain was now a 10 plus. My wife rushed me to the hospital and we thought maybe I was bit by a spider while working in the garage. The doctor at the emergency room gave me shot for the pain and inspected my hand. There were no visible marks from a bite so the Doctor said he would take blood and run a few tests. After a while he came back and told me that I had a high RA factor and that I should see a specialist.

 On Monday morning I noticed that drying myself off after my morning shower I was out of breath. I thought nothing of it and continued to get dressed and go to work. The whole day I felt winded and tired like I couldn’t take a deep breath. Tuesday morning I woke up with a pain in my chest when I took a breath. When I was a child my parents had a pool and on smoggy days in LA after swimming you would get out of the pool and if you took a deep breath you would get this pain in your chest or lungs. This was the exact pain I was having. By Tuesday afternoon I left work early because I started freaking out from the shallow breaths I was taking. It was like I just finished running and I couldn’t catch my breath. I went to emergency care and they took an x-ray. They showed me that my lungs looked like I was 90 years old and they thought I had pneumonia. They gave me some penicillin and said it would clear up in 4-5 days and to schedule an appointment with my doctor for a follow up. After a week I was no better and at my physicians office they took another x-ray. They told me that I needed an emergency cat scan of my chest. My wife and I drove to the location and had the test done and waited for the results. When the results came they asked me to visit a lung specialist across the street and she was waiting for me in the office and it was by now.

The lung specialist showed me the photos and told me I had two dark clumps and tons of inflammation going on in my lungs. They need to schedule me for and emergency biopsy of the dark spots within two days. After the procedure was done the spots were nothing more that inflammation, they thought it could have been TB. The lung specialist told me that I needed to see a Rhueme doctor and see if RA was doing this to my body. Well after meeting with the
Rhueme Dr
several times it was said to me that all the inflammation in my lungs was from the RA.

That was 4 years ago and I have good days and bad days. I’m starting a regimen of natural supplements soon; I will update info as soon as I get some.

I hope your feeling better and remember, you define yourself don't let RA define you........................  

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Great evening walk

My wife and I walked thru La Verne
Tonight for about 45 minutes. Now after being
Home for a while my knees and ankles
Hurt. Feels good to exercise more to come.

I hope your feeling better and remember, you define yourself don't let RA define you........................  

First Time

Well this is my first blog. I plan to offer daily or weekly updates about my life. I'm 43 years old and they told me I had succumb to RA 3 years ago. I'm going to beat this and I wanted to create info about this chapter of my life.

I hope your feeling better and remember, you define yourself don't let RA define you........................