Thursday, April 30, 2009

Living well with Rheumatoid Arthritis

I was diagnosed with RA over 10 years ago, when I was 28, after my son was born. My body was just not recovering like it did when I had my daughter. The constant aches and pains and fatigue were overwhelming. My primary care doctor was persistent in looking for the cause and finally the diagnosis. I am happy to say after 4 failed Rheumatologists I found someone who has improved my life greatly. I think having the right doctor is the key to living well with RA! You need to find someone who listens to you and is open to treatments outside the normal drug treatments. I think the first visit I knew this guy was for me he asked about my entire life and schedule not just my RA symptoms. He asked me questions about what I wanted in a treatment plan and incorporated my way of life into my treatments. By that I mean diet, sleep patterns, activities, stressors and goals. We sat down and looked at how each area of my life was impacting my health and by changing simple things such as my diet and sleep habits I avoided taking the heavy hitting medications until last year when I started Enbrel. My point of this blog is to hopefully get a message across to not stay with your doctor if you don't feel he is on the same path as you. There are many ways to fight this disease besides the drugs. Yes eventually you may need them but why take them until you have to.