I've had RAD for approximately six months and have been a member here on and off for about a year.
Right before I got diagnosed, I finished PT for a bad back. I have bulging lumbar disks. I did very well in therapy. I learned a lot of "activities of daily living" like how to garden, etc. I got stronger and developed more balance. Thank goodness I had this therapy, because right after this I got my first flare (I'm not in remission yet). The pain and stiffness of RA is very unpleasant, I'm able to deal with it fairly by seeing a pain specialist. He has prescribed a pain medication that really works. Well, enough to help me continue being active. It's a viscous circle, if you don't move you get more pain and more stiffness, but the pain prevents you from moving. The medicine interrupts this cycle. Before I left PT I asked my therapist what I could do to continue therapy at home. I knew I wouldn't be motivated to do therapy at home. It's rather boring. He told me to take Tai Chi. which I did. It's been amazing! I can't tell you how much it has helped me. It has lessen the stiffness and the pain. I do it every day at home and take lessons twice weekly. I would really look into it. It is not an activity that is very expensive and it's so worth it! Besides it's actually fun! It's like dancing, but better! I also swim twice weekly and am increasing it to three times weekly mid April. It is an exercise that is joint friendly. What ever level you are on, it's helpful to swim. Both activities have given me more energy, better sleep and an outlet for stress, besides being helpful with the effects of RAD.
If you need any advise about test results, let us know. Also, you can use me as a resource, I am an RN and can help you look up medical terms.
Try your best not to be overwhelmed.Take it one day at a time and step by step. If you can focus on the now, it will be so much easier. Focus on the whole picture can leave you not only overwhelmed but very demoralized. There are so many great treatments that can arrest and reverse RAD, just be patient and your doc and you will find the best treatment.
Good luck and many prayers...
Never, never give up!
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. ~Albert Einstein
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