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Hello Everyone!! Iam 36 yrs old and was diagnosed with RA in April 2013 I first went to my PCP (Primary Care Physician) because I was experincing dull aching pain in both of my legs also some discomfort in my left hand, my fingers would occasionally go numb and tingle it felt like my hand had fell asleep. At that point I was diagnosed with carpal tunnel and she told me to get a brace for my arm which I got but only used every once in awhile. She couldnt figure out what was going on with my legs though, I had some labs done and she referred me to a Rheumatologist because my RA factor was a little off. Went to him and he sent me to get a EMG test done on my legs the results came back negative nothing showed up he gave me some gabapentin which did nothing at all. Also I have always had some minor back aches but it started to bother me more in my upper shoulder blade area like a burning annoying pain and both my hands started to bother me. I had some xrays done on my hands and again nothing showed up. I started to think that everything was in my head and that there was nothing wrong with me. I told him about the stiffness my body had in the morning and it usually lasted about 1-2 hrs than slowly went away. He gave me some prednisone to take once a night before bed and before long I was waking up with less and less stiffness some how he came to the conculsion I had RA. I never got a chance to get put on any meds because I got laid off from my job so no longer had insurance. I cant afford insurance on my own but my new job should be offering it soon. The only thing that I have been taking is pain medications and I was only able to get those because I was in a car accident and had to go to pain management but they wouldnt give me anything for my RA because the car insurance would not cover that diagnosis. I dont want to continue to take narcotics because I dont want to become dependent and addicted to them. So after this long drawn out story lol my question is; is there anything natural i can do to help with the pain? I also think my diagnosis of RA might be wrong and I actually may have fibromyalgia or both who knows. Im looking forward to the day I can go back to the Dr and get properly treated. Thank you in advance!!
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