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    Any ideas on what is attacking me? #General auto immune #RheumatoidArthritis

    I've been referred to a rheumatologist, but it'll take time before seeing him. So, I'm wondering if anyone recognizes my symptoms?

    Started with a minor injury to left foot. Left foot then began to feel like it was sprained, a few days later it felt broken. Along with this came alot of swelling. Then my left ankle became involved and it felt like I was walking bone on bone. About the middle if this 2-3 week process my right foot/ankle began to feel the same way. This was when I started using 2 canes to get around. After about 4 weeks from the beginning of this my left knee started to act up.
    It felt like I was walking with broken glass in my knee. Slowly over the next 2 weeks this pain completely overtook my feet, ankles, knees and is now starting on my hips.
    This is by far the very worst pain I've ever experienced in my life. It's excruciating. It now feels like my joints are all operating bone on bone.
    I spend 1/3 to 1/2 of every day laying on the couch, feet elevated, crying my eyes out because of how terrible the pain is. My primary care Dr is helping with managing my meds and prescribing some pain meds. But these only work so well for so long. In addition to this I feel like some thing is taking over my body.

    If you read this whole thing thank you so much. And if you recognize these symptoms please let me know, thank you

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    Use of words #

    99.9% of people on here have a diagnosed mental illness. I was thinking of how we as individuals and as a community use words to explain our illness/es and how we feel about it.
    Do we use positive, negative or possibly neutral language?
    I used to use the word "suffer" almost by default to describe my feelings, thoughts and situation. During my hospital stays between 2013 and 2015 my psychologist helped me to use terms like " live with", "work with" or "accept" . For me these terms helped with understanding the highs, lows, negatives, positives that living with BP2, GAD and still to be diagnosed PTSD. ( familial emotional and physical abuse, bullying and spousal abuse) #Bipolar , #General anxiety disorder,# PTSD. Like a lot of people i have severe lows to go with my "normal" moods but i work on using positive words both internally and when conversing with others. I use mindfulness exercises, physical exercise and where possible talk therapy with friends and family.
    By choosing our words be they positive, neutral or negative we choose how we feel internally and how we present to others externally.
    This is your choice and when all is said and the only person we have to look at in the mirror is ourselves. let's choose to be positive and like and love who we are

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