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WELCOME aboard! Spark has many useful tips for RA people, ways to stay active (or get active, as I had to!), ways to drop pounds and keep them off even while taking appetite raising meds like Prednisone (which I still take), and ways to relieve stress and keep a positive attitude. You will find friendly supportive people here. Take your time learning the Spark system, it is a huge site and can be daunting, but keep at it and you will succeed. God Bless your efforts!
"Mountains DO move...One stone at a time." ~Rick Beneteau
Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. - John Wooden, Hall of Fame college basketball coach
With exercise, doing some is always better than doing none. - Spark article
MAKE THE BEST FOOD CHOICES YOU CAN TODAY - and then, try it again tomorrow!- Dr. John La Puma, M.D.
Good for you to choose such a positive outlook as you've dealt with everything related to your RA!!
There is a lot of information on the site - it's easy to get overwhelmed. Go slowly, explore and take on a few things at a time, then add more when you're comfortable.
This is a great group, with a diversity of severity and treatments, so you'll most likely find others who have been where you are, know something about what you're going through, and can provide suggestions and alternatives. My RA isn't nearly as severe as most of the others, but I'm a great cheerleader and online-hug-giver.
We're glad you're here -
It's a great day to be alive!
"I can do all things through Jesus Christ, who gives me strength." Philippians 4:13
Welcome! We're all here for you!
on your baby girl!
God bless you!
One pound at a time ...
My name is Melanie and I was diagnosed with RA in October 2000 when I was 18 years old. Yep, full blown RA not JRA. I had a really hard time with this diagnosis in the begining. I went from being a very active teenager to barely able to move about. My rheumy was an older and very old school Dr. but I loved him, he was so great to me! Sadly, he retired and I haven't really been happy with any of my Dr's since. I feel like an old pro when it comes to RA. I've been on just about every medication there is the good, the bad, the ugly. I finally felt like I had my RA under control with a combination of Methotrexate, Sulfasalize, and Enbrel. Like I told my Rheumy I almost had forgotten I had RA. In 2004 I was hospitialized for viral menengitis. Long story short they found some demylanation on my brain which can be a side effect of the Enbrel. I was imediatly taken off the Enbrel and was told never to take it again. :(. I saw specialist after specialist trying to determine if it was MS vs. Side effect from the Enbrel. I finally stopped trying to find the answer. I have not had any symptoms of MS and I have vowed never to take another TNF blocker.
I have since moved to NC and am now seeing a Rheumy at Duke medical center. I am waiting on my insurance to approve Orencia, in the meantime I am trying to find something to ease the pain that I am currently experiencing. My bf and I were blessed with a beautiful baby girl who will be 5 months old next week. I was able to stop all my RA meds during pregnancy and have been fortunate to not experience much of a flare up after she was born.
I told my Rheumy just last week that I feel good, but know I can feel better. I am ready to get off my prednisone so I can start loosing weight and start feeling better. I need to get in gear for my daughter. So here I am on sparkpeople, ready to loose weight and start living my life to the fullest! :)
I can't wait to start connecting with everyone!!