Ok, I am getting older. Actually have a birthday coming up, but I still can't believe I am old enough to be affected by arthritis. I also worry about it.
I had trigger finger release surgery several years ago and the Doctor told me that with my family history of rheumatoid arthritis that the fact that I was having to have trigger release surgery so young might be a sign of the gene in me. He offered me to take medication Celebrex from here on out to help with discomforts caused by debilitating arthritis. I was too young then and still too young to take a medication like this daily for the rest of my life because it will damage my liver and the pain that I feel is not intolerable at this point. So I opted to not take the medication.
Today is the first day that I have ever sat and just held my hands and rubbed my hands due to discomfort in the joints. They ached tremendously. I took advil and the pain subsided several hours later.
I have fear in me because my grandmother was crippled by rheumatoid arthritis, she couldn't move her fingers, both hands were mangled up and she couldn't even hold a glass, spoon, or fork. I fear this being me one day. I am trying to get fit, active and keep moving to keep from "locking up". But the problem is that my pain is real and worsening at such an early age that I am extremely concerned.
I am going to stay positive and keep up with an active lifestyle and be grateful for all the things I am capable of doing and just enjoy life. Hopefully I will kick old Arthur's butt and he decided he doesn't want to live here! :)