Several posts ago, I talked about some serious aches and pains I started experiencing in January. After several doctor visits, blood tests, x-rays and more doctor visits, I finally have an answer.
On Wednesday morning I learned the final verdict, and that is I have rheumatoid arthritis. Now, this sounds much, much worse than it is. I mean yes, RA really can be terrible for some people, but I'm in the very early stages of development. I don't have any joint deformity and my pain can be managed by slightly increased, but still safe, doses of ibuprofen. Now I will start specific drug therapy which will kick it into remission.
But isn't arthritis something that just happens to old people? No. First of all, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, unlike osteoarthritis which is something that just happens with aging and most of us will develop this to some degree when we're old fogies. Yay for aging, huh? Second of all, someone can develop RA at any age since it's autoimmune and related to genetics. My dad has RA, as did my grandmother (his mom), so the stars were aligned for me. Thanks Dad! ;)
So, while this isn't ideal and obviously I would not choose to be "a rheumatoid" (the label the doc used for us RA folks, lol) if I had a say in the matter, it's nothing to get in a tizzy over. My life isn't over and it isn't terminal news. My impatience with feeling crappy and demanding to be fixed now (I don't have time for this, I got shiz to do!) helped catch it early. Drug therapy will prevent progression of the disease which is what causes joint deformities. No Quasimodo hands and feet for me.
At last I know what's been goin' down in my bod for the last three months so I can deal with it and get on with taking care of business. AND a huge concern has been quelled: I can still do my dance thang and the other active shenanigans that I love. Big sigh of relief. As I told the doc, giving up my active life would be death to my soul. He smiled and reassured me that that doesn't have to happen.
Happy weekend y'all! Get outside, get your booty to the gym, go play with the dog or kiddos... doesn't matter, just do.