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My sister may have Rheumatoid Arthritis...

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 6, 2006
  • 03:32 AM

My sister has literally been to ***l and back this past year. She has been very very ill and no one can really explain why. She has been to many many different doctors and no one can give her a direct answer as to what she has. A few months ago she had was told that she had cervical cancer and need to have her cervix removed, so she did and they also removed her ovaris. While doing so they clipped her bladder and she almost bled to death. While after that was all said and done her symptoms from before were still there. She has been experiencing everything from swelling of the legs and feet whether she is sitting, standing, or laying. Her hands are almost crippled. She is vomiting and running very high temperatures. She has no energy to do anything she is always tired she can't stand for very long periods of time. I'm scared for her. This has been going on for over a year. Yesterday my mom had to take her to the ER because for a week she hasn't been able to keep a lot of food down, and yesterday she had a fever of 105.2 and she broke out in a bad rash. They are treating her for rheumatoid arthritis but they have not diagnosis her with that and to me that doesn't make sense. They have her on 800mgs of Motrin. Will someone please tell me what they think is wrong with and what we should do. I live 1000 miles from my family but my mom is saying that she it literally fading away slowly and none of the doctors that she has seen(which she has seen ALOT) will diagnosis her. Each doctor tells her something different. She has medicaid she has no money but she needs to see a specalist of some sort. PLEASE HELP ME!!

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  • Sorry to hear about your sister. My husband has been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, his symptoms are swelling in his joints, especially in his hands feet and legs. Sometimes he has difficultly sitting and I have to assist him when he needs to get up. He is on a steriod medication called Prednisoneright now. It took the doctors over 6 months to figure out that it was RA.What your sister has does not sound like it's only RA. I will be praying for your sister's recovery. I know that God to to all things; even heal. AmenPrayer changes things...
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  • There are several autoimmune diseases out that that can cause the same symptoms. The include lupus, rheaumatoid arthritis, etc. The best way to tell what your sister has is for her to get blood tests ran to determine if it is an autoimmune disease which it sounds like one. These tests are usually not specific but taking several different test can rule out other diseases. Many people mistake lupus for cancer but it's actually an autoimmune disease.
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  • Sorry to hear about this... There are treatments that can help, and each person responds to the disease differently. What can you expect? That depends on many factors.Treatments for Joint Pain include rest and relaxation, exercise, proper diet, medication, and instruction about the proper use of joints and ways to conserve energy. 1. How advanced your rheumatoid arthritis is at the time you are diagnosed 2. Your age at the time you are diagnosed 3. How "active" your disease is... Each person's rheumatoid arthritis is unique, and the disease affects each person differently. Over the long-term, though, there are a few common patterns. For more information you can enter this site...
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