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    25yrRA
    Data Quality: 1 star
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 55
    Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 20 additional condition(s)
    Quality of life:
    • Mental: Mild
    • Physical: Mild
    I am: g
    I have:
    Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

    25yrRA was feeling good

    Had a fight (argument) with my daughter (who I live with). Very hard for me not to always run the show as her mother. She is a VERY independent, self sufficient woman, but still my baby. Due to all of my medical problems, we decided last year after I fell and broke my collarbone that it would be better for me to live with her and her husband than with my alcoholic husband of 21 years who retired at the end of 2016. He has since stopped drinking and seems to finally be taking care of our 4 bedroom home located among 9.06 acres of Chandler English Walnut trees. I have been walking for at least 15 minutes a day in our local neighborhood. My RA is working itself out in terms of flares. Right now I am having trouble with my right wrist and hand and my left foot.....Nice weather after a wet winter helps me feel better too!

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    25yrRA
    Data Quality: 1 star
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 55
    Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 20 additional condition(s)
    Quality of life:
    • Mental: Mild
    • Physical: Mild
    I am: g
    I have:
    Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

    25yrRA updated her weight for

    • Weight: 240 lb
    • BMI: 38.7
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    25yrRA
    Data Quality: 1 star
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 55
    Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 20 additional condition(s)
    Quality of life:
    • Mental: Mild
    • Physical: Mild
    I am: g
    I have:
    Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

    25yrRA was feeling bad

    Have had a relatively good week and actually woke up this morning with MUCH less swelling in my right hand and wrist (latest flare). Have been trying to go to bed earlier at night so that I can get up earlier in the day. My daughter (who I live with) wants me to be more alive during the daytime and less so at night. Took my normal meds and went for my regular 15 minute neighborhood walk but had to take a Zofran (stomach) when I got back. I am just not hungry in the daytime so I tend to eat 1 meal, usually in the late afternoon. I have been having either constipation or diarrhea lately and am afraid my upper GI bleed may be back. Meanwhile, I keep gaining weight. Haven't been to the gym yet, as I want one of my (adult) kids to go with me the first time. I have developed a preference for solitude during the last few years I have lived with my husband. I try to compensate by being friendly in public and telling people they look nice, etc (when they do!) in hopes of putting a smile on others' faces. I also tend to pay parking meters downtown in our nearby metropolis of Chico. Hopefully, my stomach will stop being so willful. My RA has been going steadily downhill and I am awaiting authorization from my ins co. for Orencia.

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      25yrRA about 3 weeks ago

      My daughter understands it the best of any of them. She cannot remember a time when Mom did not have RA since I was diagnosed at age 25 and she was born when I was 23. My ex husband, who I was married to at the time of my dx understood what I was going through and was much more sympathetic, until he took up with his best friend's wife and left.....My son understands it somewhat. He is only 15 months older than my daughter but still tends to think Mom can do everything she used to do.....His spouse is very understanding and, surprisingly, his ex is still a close friend and knows more about it than most of my kids' other friends. My step son, who I adopted (he is 6 weeks older than my daughter and both of his parents are deceased, my best friend and my kids' Dad) understands a lot of my RA problems because his mother lived and died from Muscular Dystrophy, but he tends to be very self involved. My estranged husband has not only not got a clue, despite my attempts to educate him over 21 years, but is extremely unempathetic and admits freely to being so. My birthfamily tend to be much more understanding of my RA than my adoptive family does. Cancer runs RAMPANT in my birthfamily so most of my currently surviving family are sympathetic and understanding of illness in general. I recently found several websites that had advice for telling your family about your RA. I tell people generally that it is an immune disease where your body is fighting itself and that ends up with umpteen other symptoms, etc.

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    25yrRA
    Data Quality: 1 star
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 55
    Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 20 additional condition(s)
    Quality of life:
    • Mental: Mild
    • Physical: Mild
    I am: g
    I have:
    Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

    25yrRA was feeling neutral

    I feel okay physically but am getting VERY tired of our extra long rainy season this year!

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      25yrRA
      Data Quality: 1 star
      • Gender: F
      • Age: 55
      Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 20 additional condition(s)
      Quality of life:
      • Mental: Mild
      • Physical: Mild
      I am: g
      I have:
      Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

      25yrRA stopped taking Potassium

      ReasonSide effects too severe
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      25yrRA
      Data Quality: 1 star
      • Gender: F
      • Age: 55
      Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 20 additional condition(s)
      Quality of life:
      • Mental: Mild
      • Physical: Mild
      I am: g
      I have:
      Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

      25yrRA evaluated Potassium from

      • StartedJul 9, 2016
      • Dosage99 mg Daily
      • Effectiveness Moderate (for Low potassium (hypokalemia))
      • Effectiveness Moderate (for Cramps in calf muscles)
      • Side effects Severe
      • Adherence Always
      • Burden Not at all hard to take
      • Cost< $25 monthly
      • Advice & TipsI ended up with too much Potassium in my system which caused severe joint pain, mostly in my ankles. When I stopped the Potassium, the pain stopped.
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      25yrRA
      Data Quality: 1 star
      • Gender: F
      • Age: 55
      Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 20 additional condition(s)
      Quality of life:
      • Mental: Mild
      • Physical: Mild
      I am: g
      I have:
      Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

      25yrRA started taking Fentanyl Transdermal Patch

      Dosage0.075 mg every 3 days (was 100 mcg daily until )
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      25yrRA
      Data Quality: 1 star
      • Gender: F
      • Age: 55
      Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 20 additional condition(s)
      Quality of life:
      • Mental: Mild
      • Physical: Mild
      I am: g
      I have:
      Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

      25yrRA updated her weight for

      • Weight: 233 lb
      • BMI: 37.6
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      25yrRA
      Data Quality: 1 star
      • Gender: F
      • Age: 55
      Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 20 additional condition(s)
      Quality of life:
      • Mental: Mild
      • Physical: Mild
      I am: g
      I have:
      Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

      25yrRA was feeling neutral

      Some good today, some bad. Since I have stepped down from 100mcg/72 hrs to 75mcg/72 hours on my Fentanyl pain patches, I feel sometimes as though they may be expiring before their 72 hrs. My doctor wants me to go down to 50s next month and I am not so sure! I have enough in my Rx to do 1 patch every 2 days and did that today, but am not sure if it really helped.....

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      25yrRA
      Data Quality: 1 star
      • Gender: F
      • Age: 55
      Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 20 additional condition(s)
      Quality of life:
      • Mental: Mild
      • Physical: Mild
      I am: g
      I have:
      Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

      25yrRA was feeling good

      Been feeling better physically today. Still very sad over the weekend, while we were watching Wrestlemania 33, my guinea pig, Nellie died. We estimate her to have been around 8 years old, which is VERY old for GPs who usually only live to 6 years. My best buddy. I had just held her earlier and given her a piece of mandarin so I at least had some time with her.

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        25yrRA
        Data Quality: 1 star
        • Gender: F
        • Age: 55
        Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 20 additional condition(s)
        Quality of life:
        • Mental: Mild
        • Physical: Mild
        I am: g
        I have:
        Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

        25yrRA completed the QOL survey for

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        25yrRA
        Data Quality: 1 star
        • Gender: F
        • Age: 55
        Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 20 additional condition(s)
        Quality of life:
        • Mental: Mild
        • Physical: Mild
        I am: g
        I have:
        Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

        25yrRA completed the QOL survey for

        • moderate Social
        • moderate Mental
        • moderate Physical
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        25yrRA
        Data Quality: 1 star
        • Gender: F
        • Age: 55
        Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 20 additional condition(s)
        Quality of life:
        • Mental: Mild
        • Physical: Mild
        I am: g
        I have:
        Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

        25yrRA completed the QOL survey for

        • moderate Social
        • moderate Mental
        • moderate Physical
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        25yrRA
        Data Quality: 1 star
        • Gender: F
        • Age: 55
        Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 20 additional condition(s)
        Quality of life:
        • Mental: Mild
        • Physical: Mild
        I am: g
        I have:
        Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

        25yrRA completed the QOL survey for

        • moderate Social
        • moderate Mental
        • moderate Physical
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        25yrRA
        Data Quality: 1 star
        • Gender: F
        • Age: 55
        Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 20 additional condition(s)
        Quality of life:
        • Mental: Mild
        • Physical: Mild
        I am: g
        I have:
        Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

        25yrRA completed the QOL survey for

        • moderate Social
        • moderate Mental
        • moderate Physical
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        25yrRA
        Data Quality: 1 star
        • Gender: F
        • Age: 55
        Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 20 additional condition(s)
        Quality of life:
        • Mental: Mild
        • Physical: Mild
        I am: g
        I have:
        Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

        25yrRA completed the QOL survey for

        • moderate Social
        • moderate Mental
        • moderate Physical
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        25yrRA
        Data Quality: 1 star
        • Gender: F
        • Age: 55
        Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 20 additional condition(s)
        Quality of life:
        • Mental: Mild
        • Physical: Mild
        I am: g
        I have:
        Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

        25yrRA updated her symptoms

        BetterAllergic contact dermatitis, Breakthrough pain, Dehydration, Drowsiness, Dry skin See more
        WorseArthritis pain, Back pain, Balance problems, Blurry vision, Difficulty sleeping through night See more
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        25yrRA
        Data Quality: 1 star
        • Gender: F
        • Age: 55
        Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 20 additional condition(s)
        Quality of life:
        • Mental: Mild
        • Physical: Mild
        I am: g
        I have:
        Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
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        25yrRA
        Data Quality: 1 star
        • Gender: F
        • Age: 55
        Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 20 additional condition(s)
        Quality of life:
        • Mental: Mild
        • Physical: Mild
        I am: g
        I have:
        Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

        25yrRA evaluated tolnaftate topical from

        • StartedAug 15, 2016
        • Dosage1 other Twice daily
        • Effectiveness Major (for Nail Fungus)
        • Effectiveness Major (for Fungal infection)
        • Side effects Mild
        • Adherence Usually
        • Burden Somewhat hard to take
        • Cost$25-49 monthly
        • Advice & TipsYou have to use this stuff as it is ordered by your doctor. It smells TERRIBLE but sure does the job!
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        25yrRA
        Data Quality: 1 star
        • Gender: F
        • Age: 55
        Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 20 additional condition(s)
        Quality of life:
        • Mental: Mild
        • Physical: Mild
        I am: g
        I have:
        Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

        25yrRA stopped taking Penicillin VK

        ReasonsCourse of treatment ended, Did not seem to work, and Doctor's advice
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