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7/28/12 9:59 A

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emoticon Jen!

Wishing you well on your "Spark Journey!"

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7/27/12 8:37 A

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emoticon Jen!
So very sorry for your diagnosis :( I have had the disease since age 6.5 so have known little else in my life. But I do find keeping as active as possible lessens the pain and keeps you from getting stiff and it also helps reduce stress. That being said, proper medication is a must. Hopefully your specialist will monitor your condition closely and be prepared to step up to control the disease if it starts flaring fast. There are great disease modifying drugs that have allowed people to return to normal lives if caught early enough. Was wishing they had been around when I was first diagnosed. Agressive treatment is a must, before damages occur. I don't suppose there is any chance you could transfer to a less stressful job within the University (if there is such a thing??) Keeping the weight down and eating healthy will also help you feel better. Do drop in our daily chatter with any concerns, its quite active there.
All the best with your goal!
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7/27/12 8:13 A

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thank you for the warm welcome!

~ Jen
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My goals ~
Start weight ~ 203.5
One Voice (7/25) ~ 198 - DONE!
Relaxation (8/15) ~ 192
Labor Day (9/3) ~ 188
World Heart (9/29) ~ 185
Total loss aim ~ 18.5


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7/26/12 10:50 P

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emoticon I've been dealing with RA since I was sixteen. I've seen a lot of different meds and theories of the disease in that time, and experienced periods of painful flare and disability, then periods of relative calm and remission. I agree that managing stress is important. For me, keeping physically active is an important means of reducing stress. Keeping spiritually centered is another. I found after joining Spark that some of my symptoms disappeared when I cleaned up my diet, raised vitamin D3 levels, began using healthier fats and much less sugar and white flour foods. Spark gives us many tools to use against the disease. Forums where we can discuss problems and share experiences, like this one, also help. You will find good ideas here, emotional outlet and support, knowlege about meds and treatments, sympathy and life experience about things like dealing with less knowlegable family, friends and workmates. Try what looks good to you, ask for help when needed, and most of all, stay the course. RA is a marathon, not a sprint. God Bless your journey!

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7/26/12 7:17 P

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emoticon Jen to the team I had ot change jobs to lower my stress levels Stress can play a major part in our pain Good luck on finding what works for you

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7/26/12 4:08 P

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Welcome Jen. I was hit last year with RA and the first year of treatment can be frustrating. It takes time to find a treatment that works. this site was tremendous support for me and helped me get through so much.

We are here to support you. Stay in touch.
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7/26/12 12:39 P

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Hello Jen,

I was diagnosed with RA just over 2 years ago, with lab results that were apparently "through the roof". For about 1/2 a year it was almost impossible to walk up or down the stairs and painful to do every day household chores. I was in the midst of a rather stressful period in my life, which is really why I am responding to your message, as you mention your extremely stressful job.
I have done a lot of research on the impact of stress on RA, actually wrote my thesis about it, and the findings show that stress heavily influences one's perception of pain. I was fortunate to be able to change my situation resulting in living life in a much more peaceful manner now. At my last visit with my rheumatologist a month ago, the test showed no signs of inflammation, I have no pain, I even jog again, do yoga and walk a lot. The dr. mentioned I can probably stop taking the Plaquenil after my next visit with him, providing things don't change of course; continuing the meds is merely a precaution as my initial lab tests were so bad.
Hope this shows you that we are not totally without control, as there are things we can do when first diagnosed, before too much joint and tissue damage has occurred.
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M

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7/26/12 9:12 A

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I'm Jen and I finally got my official diagnosis of RA yesterday. For the last 10 months I've been struggling with a lot of pain, stiffness, etc., so I wasn't entirely surprised when the Rheumatologist told me yesterday. They're looking at a few other issues as well, so we haven't decided on which meds. It's all very overwhelming right now.

I'm 35 with 2 boys. Very active - I still play soccer a few times a week. Prior to my pain issues, I was training and doing triathlons. I also work full-time as a Payroll Manager at a large university, so my job is extremely stressful.

~ Jen
Done Girls: Red Hot Heart Breakers Challenge
My goals ~
Start weight ~ 203.5
One Voice (7/25) ~ 198 - DONE!
Relaxation (8/15) ~ 192
Labor Day (9/3) ~ 188
World Heart (9/29) ~ 185
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