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Hi Meno-Friends! I just wanted to stop by and say HELLO! I am sorry I haven't been online for a while. I am still going through menopause but found out the most dibiliating of symptoms I thought were related to menopause (joint pain, stiffness, weakness and crushing exhaustion) were actually being caused by Rheumatoid Arthritis, an autoimmune disorder. Not that those symptoms cannot be caused by Menopause -- they can, do and are for some! But mine was getting progressively worse and starting to cause like a "mummy" effect where I couldnt' really move when I reached the worst state. Finally, the docs ran the right tests and found not only do I have RA, it is in an advanced state and aggressive. Good news is they are treating it quickly and I am at home on disability now, no longer pushing pushing pushing to go-go-go commuting, working, shopping, cooking, cleaning. It's all calm now. I am preparing for treatment with many vaccines then starting Humira on 4/14 (it is an immune suppressant so I have to get 2 flu, pnemonia, shingles, TB, and Heb B vaccinnations, some of which are a series given over time). I am optimistic.
I am still with you in spirit ladies, but find myself posting more often on the RA section of this wonderful website. God Bless you, "Pods" as Shaz calls ya! You were a lifeline when I needed one. I'm still on this site if you ever want to chat, just message me.
With much love and affection and Happy Easter!
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