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    25yrRA
    Data Quality: 2 stars
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 55
    Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 20 additional condition(s)
    Quality of life:
    • Mental: Mild
    • Physical: Mild
    I am: n
    I have:
    Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

    25yrRA completed the QOL survey for

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    25yrRA
    Data Quality: 2 stars
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 55
    Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 20 additional condition(s)
    Quality of life:
    • Mental: Mild
    • Physical: Mild
    I am: n
    I have:
    Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

    25yrRA completed the QOL survey for

    • moderate Social
    • moderate Mental
    • moderate Physical
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    25yrRA
    Data Quality: 2 stars
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 55
    Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 20 additional condition(s)
    Quality of life:
    • Mental: Mild
    • Physical: Mild
    I am: n
    I have:
    Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

    25yrRA completed the QOL survey for

    • moderate Social
    • moderate Mental
    • moderate Physical
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    25yrRA
    Data Quality: 2 stars
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 55
    Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 20 additional condition(s)
    Quality of life:
    • Mental: Mild
    • Physical: Mild
    I am: n
    I have:
    Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

    25yrRA completed the QOL survey for

    • moderate Social
    • moderate Mental
    • moderate Physical
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    25yrRA
    Data Quality: 2 stars
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 55
    Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 20 additional condition(s)
    Quality of life:
    • Mental: Mild
    • Physical: Mild
    I am: n
    I have:
    Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

    25yrRA completed the QOL survey for

    • moderate Social
    • moderate Mental
    • moderate Physical
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    25yrRA
    Data Quality: 2 stars
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 55
    Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 20 additional condition(s)
    Quality of life:
    • Mental: Mild
    • Physical: Mild
    I am: n
    I have:
    Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

    25yrRA completed the QOL survey for

    • moderate Social
    • moderate Mental
    • moderate Physical
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    25yrRA
    Data Quality: 2 stars
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 55
    Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 20 additional condition(s)
    Quality of life:
    • Mental: Mild
    • Physical: Mild
    I am: n
    I have:
    Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

    25yrRA updated her symptoms

    BetterSweating, Problems concentrating, Panic attacks, Muscle tension, Muscle and joint pain See more
    WorseStomach pain, Pain in lower back, Nerve pain (neuralgia), Nausea, Insomnia See more
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    25yrRA
    Data Quality: 2 stars
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 55
    Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 20 additional condition(s)
    Quality of life:
    • Mental: Mild
    • Physical: Mild
    I am: n
    I have:
    Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
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    25yrRA
    Data Quality: 2 stars
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 55
    Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 20 additional condition(s)
    Quality of life:
    • Mental: Mild
    • Physical: Mild
    I am: n
    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!
    • View complete treatment history
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    25yrRA
    Data Quality: 2 stars
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 55
    Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 20 additional condition(s)
    Quality of life:
    • Mental: Mild
    • Physical: Mild
    I am: n
    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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    25yrRA
    Data Quality: 2 stars
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 55
    Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 20 additional condition(s)
    Quality of life:
    • Mental: Mild
    • Physical: Mild
    I am: n
    I have:
    Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

    25yrRA evaluated Penicillin VK from

    • StartedAug 15, 2016
    • Dosage500 mg Twice daily
    • Effectiveness Slight (for Sinusitis symptoms)
    • Effectiveness Slight (for Sinusitis)
    • Side effects None
    • Adherence Never taken as prescribed
    • Burden Not at all hard to take
    • Cost< $25 monthly
    • View complete treatment history
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    25yrRA
    Data Quality: 2 stars
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 55
    Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 20 additional condition(s)
    Quality of life:
    • Mental: Mild
    • Physical: Mild
    I am: n
    I have:
    Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

    25yrRA updated her weight for

    • Weight: 205 lb
    • BMI: 33.1
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    25yrRA
    Data Quality: 2 stars
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 55
    Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 20 additional condition(s)
    Quality of life:
    • Mental: Mild
    • Physical: Mild
    I am: n
    I have:
    Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

    25yrRA updated her bio

    Been fighting RA for over 30 years and have been on steroids all 30. Worked for many years as a medical biller and miss it very much as my Dr will not let me go back to work. My main hobby is genealogy. I started in genealogy because I am an adoptee who has found her birth family and just kept looking! I have done some consulting work in genealogy as well but prefer to help folks for free as many have done for me.

    I have a small consulting business (me!) and have taught medical billing to companies wishing to start up DME & HME businesses. I have 5 adult children: a son (who is engaged to a wonderful young lady!) and step-daughter born in 1984,  step-son (both parents deceased) and daughter both born in 1985, her husband born in 1981, step-daughter born in 1987. 

    I have tried gold shots, Humira, methotrexate, Enbrel, Plaquenil and Remicade, Arava, Simponi-Aria etc. Remicade was the most effective treatment for me. I am currently going onto Orencia and remain hopeful that something will eventually work well! I have been blessed with excellent insurance thru my husband's employer (St of CA) and have had 3 wonderful rheumatologists along the way. I have a GP that is willing to listen and try new things as I have developed Degenerative Joint and Disc Disease esp in my top 4 or 5 vertebrae. They have deteriorated to the point that surgery to fuse them is no longer possible. Obviously, this causes a lot of pain, most of which I have simply learned to live with although I do have fentanyl patches and oxycodone for breakthrough pain. 

    In late 2012 I had a heart attack that required the implantation of a pacemaker which helps enormously. Following the heart attack, I had a stroke which has caused some memory loss although I have recovered almost completely from it. I do walk with a cane, mostly for balance. I have broken my nose 3 different times in my life and had 2 repair surgeries for it. It seems my kidneys have gone south on me, probably due to all of the medications. I have acquired a kidney specialist due to my continuing stage 3 kidney disease. He was able to bring it from Stage 3 to NORMAL in one month and neither of us are quite sure how! I also have Fibromyalgia which has become more of a problem as I age.

    I have developed some dental problems, partly due to my birth mother's having taken Tetracycline when she was 4 months pregnant with me. I am also allergic to Tetracycline and sensitive to penicillin. I have a complete plate on the bottom, but hate to wear it (excellent dentist!) and have been undergoing tooth removal followed by implantation on my upper jaw. The last round of dental surgery was the worst as my tooth roots had been very far up in the jaw and sinus cavities and became infected. This has since been pretty well cleared up and my denture and I are getting along much better. 

    My husband of 21 years and I separated at the end of my last hospital stay. My daughter and son in law took me home and kept me! My spouse and I (he-long term alcoholic, me-passive-aggressive) are currently working both together and separately with a wonderful counselor who is helping both of us to recover and develop a pleasant, working relationship with each other so that he can travel and enjoy his well deserved retirement and I can take better care of myself.

    Ask me anything and I will try to answer! I am very open to all questions and discussions, but you may find me VERY protective of my kids. My daughter is VERY protective of me and is also in the medical industry, she keeps up with my medical issues for me. She is a TRUE blessing as are all of my (adult) kids and their spouses/partners!

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    25yrRA
    Data Quality: 2 stars
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 55
    Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 20 additional condition(s)
    Quality of life:
    • Mental: Mild
    • Physical: Mild
    I am: n
    I have:
    Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

    25yrRA completed the QOL survey

    Once again, being by myself and with family, along with some heavy duty counseling both for myself and for my estranged husband is helping me greatly. I have finally acknowledged (to myself, anyway) that I do not want to return to live with him again, even if he does get sober and stay sober. I think both of us are working towards a more reasonable and friendly solution to our prospective lives apart....

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    25yrRA
    Data Quality: 2 stars
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 55
    Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 20 additional condition(s)
    Quality of life:
    • Mental: Mild
    • Physical: Mild
    I am: n
    I have:
    Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

    25yrRA was feeling neutral

    Got a lot done today. Housework and PO Box duties, but my fibromyalgia kicked in BIG TIME early this morning! My poor, abused right shoulder is not feeling very happy right now, but GOOD NEWS! Barring major complications, tomorrow I will be paying for and bringing home my BRAND NEW (to me, excellent condition) hospital style bed with all of the controls, etc. and putting away the nice, extra padded fancy hiking cot I have been sleeping on for the past 4 months! It will be so nice to be up "off the floor" as I have described it to everyone. I have not been able to lie flat on my back since I came home from the hospital on July 2nd to my daughter's former home in Paradise,CA after breaking my right distal collarbone on June 27 and being hospitalized. In our new (Oct. 1) home, I now have my own room and most of the things I need for it from my former home in Durham, CA with my estranged husband. We have decided to separate but not divorce and have finalized a lot of the necessary stuff. I finally got my own PO Box today so I can tell the bank and DMV and all of those other nosy entities. I DID tell the local elections people last month and got my ballot sent off today as it is too important an election to miss voting, both for me and both of my adult children who also submitted their ballots today as well. My family is nothing if not political!

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    25yrRA
    Data Quality: 2 stars
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 55
    Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 20 additional condition(s)
    Quality of life:
    • Mental: Mild
    • Physical: Mild
    I am: n
    I have:
    Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

    25yrRA completed the QOL survey

    Having my own bedroom has increased my personal ability to be both by myself and with my family.

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    25yrRA
    Data Quality: 2 stars
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 55
    Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 20 additional condition(s)
    Quality of life:
    • Mental: Mild
    • Physical: Mild
    I am: n
    I have:
    Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

    25yrRA was feeling bad

    My body feels like crud, but I am fascinated by our new current living situation, inside a cloud, with all of the interesting weather conditions to go along with it! Beautiful outside.

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    25yrRA
    Data Quality: 2 stars
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 55
    Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 20 additional condition(s)
    Quality of life:
    • Mental: Mild
    • Physical: Mild
    I am: n
    I have:
    Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

    25yrRA was feeling good

    Air pressure is high, so arthritis pain is low.....BUT the pain will reprise probably overnight with the dropping air pressure! My poor daughter seems to have caught whatever I had and had to make a run to Immediate Care herself this afternoon. Those folks must love to see us coming!

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    25yrRA
    Data Quality: 2 stars
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 55
    Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 20 additional condition(s)
    Quality of life:
    • Mental: Mild
    • Physical: Mild
    I am: n
    I have:
    Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

    25yrRA was feeling neutral

    Some good and some bad. My wrist is killing me, probably because I pulled a bunch of weeds along the sidewalk and driveway of the new house. The last tenant apparently was not one to do ANY landscaping or pest control, so things will be changing soon for us. Back to ye olde wrist brace for relief. Animals seem to have tolerated the move well. The OLD cat is his usual self. We finally have internet again! It is cable, required a tech. I LOVE having my own room! No furniture, but a room, nevertheless. My daughter is stressing out about the move still, but I hope as things are finished, she will calm down. My son in law is being VERY helpful, which is his way. LOVE my adult kids!

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    25yrRA
    Data Quality: 2 stars
    • Gender: F
    • Age: 55
    Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 20 additional condition(s)
    Quality of life:
    • Mental: Mild
    • Physical: Mild
    I am: n
    I have:
    Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

    25yrRA updated her weight for

    • Weight: 190 lb
    • BMI: 30.7

    Recovering from my June/July adventures!

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