WARNING….boring health issues post!
The thing with grief is that talking about it helps, it clears the head, gets it out there to work out and deal with easier…I am good at that, I deal with my grief in the best way possible, creativity and writing/talking.
Unfortunately talking about my Rheumatoid and osteopenia does not help, talking about it is not going to fix a chronic disease. Each persons individual journey is different, what may work for one person may not for another…I feel I have tried them all. My rheumatoid is fine, at the moment under control, I thank modern medicine for this and take my many forms of medication routinely. But it’s the osteopenia that gets me, I am meant to do weight bearing exercise to strengthen my muscles to help my bones….and oh I am so lazy! But even when I do I seem to pay for it. It’s a catch 22, because of my rheumatoid eaten shoulder, the day after always hurts…so I will rest it and feel all boo hoo today, tomorrow I will go gently and remember to take it easy on that side….thank you for listening, I feel better now, maybe talking about it does help 😉
This is me, well part of me, Rheumatoid Arthritis, RA. An auto immune disease that targets the lining of the joints, called the synovial membrane, causing inflammation and joint damage. There is no cure and they do not know why people get it. But thanks to modern medication I can walk, sew, do normal household duties and look after my kids. I am one of the lucky ones, who found a great doctor early and found the right combination of medication. But my journey has only just began. It will change, this disease is with me for life and I hope to have a lot of years still to go, and with all medications and the way your body functions, things always change. But for now I take Arava daily, (side effect – diarrhoea) methotrexate weekly (side effect – nausea) followed by folic acid then each month I have my ejectable Simponi which is a biologic (they all suppress my immune system). Why am I showing you? Why bore you with medication and disease? Because I am not alone. So many people have hidden, silent illnesses that are treated with medication. Sadly sunshine and green smoothies will not cure all of these (they will help). Sadly so many of us look fine on the outside but are screaming with pain on the inside. Understanding these diseases is the only way to help, spreading awareness helps. So many people mix up osteoarthritis, normal wear and tear on you joints as you get older with RA, they are so wrong, even kids can get RA. Big hugs go out to all of you who suffer from silent illnesses, you are not alone x