"You're how old?" ... "21" I responded to someone i knew at work. "But you're so young!" she exclaimed. "Yeah I know, but it happens." I said back.
Two months ago i was finally able to see a rheumatologist. My primary care docter had done blood tests for the RA factor and it was positive so he had diagnosed me with RA and started me on medications (around last may). Upon my first visit to the rheumatologist (It was on my 22nd birthday!) he had be get another blood tests done to make sure what we were dealing with as well as xrays. On the 12th i was finally able to see him again (my insurance takes forever to get things done) & i got my results back. It turns out to e worse then i expected. He officially diagnosed me with RA & Sjogren's Syndrome (great....) so not only do i have RA but this other thing that i now need to read up on. I got a copy of my blood results and these were the things in bold and circled.
Thyroid Peroxidase : 67 H
ANACHOICE (TM) SCREEN: Positive
ANA Pattern: Speckled
Antinuclear Antibodies: > OR = 1 : 1280
Rheumatoid Factor: 32 H
Sjogren's Anitbody (SS-A) >8.0 POS
Sjogren's Anitbody (SS-B) >8.0 POS
Cyclic Citrullinated: > 250 H
so my rheumy says i have very aggressive RA.... my medications have shifted, starting sunday i'll be taking 6 methotrexate pills instead of my normal 3... for 2 weeks then after that up it to 8 pills every sunday. I was instructed to start taking folic acid and he plans on taking me off prendisone as soon as the methotrexate gets in my system.
Part of me is happy to know for sure what i have, but again this is such depressing news that became a reality now for sure. I'd really like to find some sort of support group in my area to meet with people around my age (22) who are dealing with what i have. I'm so afraid of my future and i'll only be on my dads insurance for another year before he retires. So i'll have to find a better job that offers good insurance so now i'm stressing out. I still can't help but think why me?