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Old 06-13-2012, 04:00 PM   #1
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19 with arthritis

I'm 19 and in college. I've had pain, stiffness, etc. in my fingers since I was around 14 or so. Last year I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with RA although the dr said it was still pretty early.

I was just wondering if anyone else here is around my age with arthritis and how fast it tends to progress. I like to write and paint and do a lot of things with my hands so it makes me sad to think that someday that will be more difficult for me.

So, how do you guys deal with it?

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Old 06-13-2012, 04:06 PM   #2
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Re: 19 with arthritis

My bf was 19 when he was diagnosed with gout (a form of arthiritis). He is now 33. I just suggest you take it a step at a time. If he could go back in time, he would have taken his meds every day and eaten the propper diet. Not sure if this goes for RA, but alcohol can attribute to it :/ So, avoid that if at all possible. I feel your pain. He has to go to the ER once a month for a steroid shot. He sometimes cannot dress himself (he will take time off and stay home if he has a flare up).. But, no one would even KNOW he has gout unless they were told. As long as he takes his meds, he is as normal as he can be. Bless your heart. I wish you the best of luck. You will be just fine!

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