Newly diagnosed with RA at 30: This is my story.
Hi! I was diagnosed with RA just a month ago. I am a female, age 31. I am an occasional runner both road and trail and started joining running events this year. The goal was to get stronger and run longer miles. Then June of last year, I had a pain in my ankle that Ortho doc believed is injury. Kept telling me to just rest but pain never went away until I noticed it ached in other joints. That was the time I asked to be referred to a rheumatologist. And after blood works, I was officially diagnosed with RA. I was knocked. I thought my life is over, no more running, no more active lifestyle, all pain. I was depressed, which triggered the pain and stiffness in my joints. My pain is in the ankle, big toes, and now my right knee.
At the first visit with the rheumatologist, I asked her all my listed questions, and patiently answered each of them. She told me this disease shows up at child-bearing ages and women are at higher risk than men to have it. I was given MTX and celecoxib, but glad I had minimal pain so I don't take the Cel, and use fastum gel instead, which works well with me. Still early to say whether the meds work but I am having high hopes.
I still run but no more exerting that much effort, mostly jog to easy runs, until the meds finally start working (We hope they work for me) and I can increase mileage. PT also taught me to strengthen muscles to support joints. It's a long battle. Some days are good and some days there's pain, but I try to keep moving. Because of RA, I am looking into other activities like biking, pilates, dancing, and swimming. I've read one comment say "Motion is lotion". So let's keep moving. Listen to your body and adopt to what works best for you.
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