Rheumatoid Arthritis: Why Me?

It has been a while since I’ve posted.  I have been consumed with doing research on my new best friend Rheumatoid Arthritis and juicing everything in sight. HELPPPPP!  I am so over liquid dinners and daunting details about this horrible disorder.   Not to mention the blood work, X-rays and sonograms OH MY!  My liver enzymes were high – could have been the beer and Hennessy, but in any case I was sent to get a sonogram of my liver since the medications for RA are known to affect the liver.  GREAT!  I needed blood work to rule out other autoimmune diseases like Lupus and X-rays to see what is going on with these raggedy old bones of mine.

I am so afraid to take any of the medications that are normally prescribed to lessen the pain and slow the damage that RA causes, because of the horrid side effects.  In my research the other day, I came across an ad for Humira.  I was like, OH HELL NO! Take a look at these potential side effects:

Serious infections have happened in people taking HUMIRA. These serious infections include tuberculosis (TB) and infections caused by viruses, fungi, or bacteria that have spread throughout the body. Some people have died from these infections. HUMIRA may increase the chance of getting lymphoma, including a rare kind, or other cancers.HUMIRA can cause serious side effects including hepatitis B infection in carriers of the virus, allergic reactions, nervous system problems, blood problems, heart failure, certain immune reactions including a lupus-like syndrome, liver problems, and new or worsening psoriasis.

What is the point of taking a pill like that, that can cause cancer and death?  I am so torn – but I know I have to take something because the 1260mg of Naproxen that I am taking daily just aren’t cutting it.

I am so thankful to have a great support system – I am surrounded with loving family and friends and they just won’t allow me to feel defeated.  It is incredibly easy to fall prey to depression when dealing with such a painful disorder.  I have definitely had a few cry-fests and pity parties.  One can’t help but ask, Why me? Unfortunately, there is no answer to that question.  In my lifetime I have learned that things like this just happen.  It is all about how you choose to deal with the things that happen to you that define who you really are.

I know I am stronger than this.  <3

Vanessa xoxo

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