Rheumatoid Arthritis - How old were you when diagnosed, what is the average age of people diagnosed?
- 24 Mar 2011 by Anonymous
- rheumatoid arthritis, pain, fibromyalgia
I just got lab work results, and it seems that I may have RA. Just want to know the average age of people with this condition. I don't feel as if I am in the right demographic (for lack of a better word) for this disease.
Also, anyone that has an opinion on pain relief, please help me out on this?
Thank you in advance!
13 Mar 2012
I was 47 when I was diagnosed with RA. I've also had a triple disc cervical fusion, a double disc lumbar fusion, and degenerative disc disease. Other than that I'm hunky-dory! lol! I hope you have better luck getting your Dr to listen to you about your pain than I do. I live in Western Kentucky, and it's like pulling teeth to get relief around here! I'm sorry to hear about your diagnoses, if I can help, just holler,ok?
16 May 2011
I was diagnosed at 2. I had JRA - Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. I do not show any markers in my blood though. Apparently 5% of people with Lupis or RA do not show these markers. I quit eating and one day I quit walking. They had me in the hospital for weeks running tests and life has been one big management plan since then.
I have to say that for pain Celebrex was my drug of choice. The words Celebrex and Peace go hand in hand for me. Next to remission, it's the most pain free I've ever been. Unfortunately, I was on Celebrex for a long time and can no longer take it due to heart/cardiovascular problems. Value it while you can. The retail price of Celebrex is approx $60 per month for a 400 mg a day regimin in the US. Basically $1 per pill. If your insurance will cover it... GREAT!! If not, it's worth it to get it anyway if you can afford it.
If you're looking for help on a flair... soak in the bath tub for about 20 min with the water as hot as your skin can stand it to help with pain. Then elivate and ice the joint imediately to reduce swelling. I HATE the cold, so for me to offer this as a solution... it's worked for me.
There are ways to help reduce flairs by controlling your diet as well, but this is hard to balance and it takes time figure out what you can and cannot have. Think "no red meat, no alcohol." Those are the two biggest factors that set me off.
Hope this helps.
18 Aug 2011
i was diagnosed with RA at age 16 it has been and still is the tuffest battle of my lifetime i used to be top of my baseball team and hocky basketball football soccer and so on since i was diagnosed i have had 3 surgeris 1st being pelvic reconstruction 2nd being bone graph in right femur and 3rd an ortharoscopy i was perscribed oxy cotton when i was getting these surgeriesi eventually dropped out of school got addicted to herion and now i am waiting to start my 30 month prison sentense i understand these were my decisions but this is a diffacult disease to defeat well if you can and for a teenager to find out that thats the major pain in his legs after 2 to 3 years of complaining its a tought thing to handle words of advice stick to you normal routines as much as possible and dont go off the deep end just because you have a gang load of pain eventually it gets better but hey then you get to hang out with god!!! right?
1 Jun 2011
Hi sweetiemon RA can occur at any age, children also can suffer from this debiltating disease, there is also eczema RA which affects many body parts and can be very painful also RA is not selective in age.There are many new medicines and alternative methods that can give you relief. talk to a rheumtoligist they can give you further options on what pain approach will help make you comfortable. Their constantly coming up with new ways to treat RA, I hope you feel better. boba54
17 Apr 2011
I was diagnosed with RA last year (33 yrs. old) I thought I was way too young for that. I was fine one day and unable to open a jug of milk the next. It was extremely upsetting, but it is what it is... anyway, I have 2 young boys and needed to get feeling better quick. Dr. put me on a Prednisone burst and I felt like doing cartwheels, but then I gained 15lbs. In the meantime I was put on methotrexate and plaquanil. (motrin 800, mobic, did nothing for me) this has helped a GREAT deal, but still get frequent flare ups, that for me, norco works wonders. Everyones mix of drugs is different... and it takes time to figure out what that is (which to me was very distressing) but its the only way, no quick fix. My Rhume. freaked me out with the methotrexate and preganacy so much that I got my tubes tied. Anyway, It helps to know others are out there and you're not alone... hope I helped some!!!
8 Jun 2011
I was diagnosed at the age of 36. At that time the doctor prescribed Darvosetts. Like you i also found out through blood work,and xrays i have it now in my neck and back 10 years later! Today i take motrin 800 ,soma,capsacin creme, and methodone from previous surgery's.Having R.A. can be very painful at times of rainy weather,and dampness causing inflammation to worsen. As far as age wise ? could be family genes ,old injury's , anyone can get R.A. at any age.
10 Apr 2011
My aunt was diagnosed at age 30, and she is still doing well at 66-as well as RA will allow, but still walking. She had bunion surgery a year before, and had complications. She was informed that the surgery had triggered the RA, but I am not sure that really was the case. Here is what I found about the age:
The disease can begin at any age and even affects children (juvenile rheumatoid arthritis), but it most often starts after 40 years of age and before 60 years of age. In some families, multiple members can be affected, suggesting a genetic basis for the disorder.
8 Jun 2011
Gosh sweetlemon, you are popular! March 24th! Thought everyone alreay answered this for you. Did you find out something new?
24 Mar 2011
I was diagnosed about 13months ago at 47, it was quite a blow since I already have fibromyalgia,degenerative disc disease(with spinal fusion at c4-5,and more that need surg)and celiac disease. I was already on fentanyl for pain but because the RA was so severe at diagnosis my rheumatologist also gave me vicadin that I only use when I can't tolerate the pain. I was started on prednisone(all the way up to 40mg because of severe inflammation),methotrexate,panquinal for the RA without much relief so I started on remicade 400mg x3 treatments-then 600mgx2 and I was finally getting some relief we even weaned me off the prednisone wasn't needing any additional pain meds and then in January my labs went crazy with much increased inflamation and all my joints are so inflammed I'm back to square1.
So now I'm back on prednisone 10mg andI've had 1 treatment of remicade at 800mg-I'm due for my next treatment next week and I'm still weak and sick from the last one(I get them every 4 weeks). I hope you have luck getting your symptoms under control--I know it takes awhile so hang in there! Kim
17 Apr 2011
Even children can have RA, Lara. Sorry to hear that's part of your diagnosis. Mary
25 Mar 2011
Lara, you just had to go find another thing wrong with you didn't you? haha Just kidding! I don't have RA, but severe OA, & completely understand the pain. Am having surgery on left wrist & thumb on April 11th to remove a cyst & arthritis on the thumb. Can't use it at all. Makes it a Bitch to type! I have heard that even children get RA, so maybe you've had it for a while. Is this the first time you have been tested for it? Seems like I've been tested for everything in the book! Three positives for Lupus , 2 negatives. Crazy! Not to mention all the other things, but they were negative. I have fibromyalgia too. It's the most miserable disease in the world! I found out you even have trigger points in the tummy left & right side. Was having problems with bowel pain & a new doc gave me trigger point injections.
Walla! Pain was gone! Guess I haven't really answered your question, but just wanted to put in my 2 cents worth! I wish you all the best. Take good care of those joints...
24 Mar 2011
Usually it is diagnosed over the age of 40-45 perhaps in the knees as the knees have taken the body weight long enough to get effected, the pain then sets in on a almost permanent basis.
SL, between the joints of the knee cap is a fluid like substance which when in constant use depletes which acts an lubricant for the joints, there are some methods/home remedies to reduce the pains, start to take the juice of aloevera, perhaps it would be available in a shop where you could pick up natural products or try a good homeopath, there are medications available in stronger potency to give immediate relief.
Take care & keep me posted, please.
9 Jun 2012
I was diagnose with RA when I was 40 years old. Though I had systems from 29 years old. I told I believe every medication possible and was very sick. Be careful and make sure you get a good Rheumatologist.
24 Mar 2011
Hi SL, my mom was diaganosed at 27. It really is a disease for all ages including adolecents. My mom had never used anything for pain relief even when she was really ill and bed ridden when I was an infant. She does now get injections in her knees, non sterodial. Kind of a filler for lack of a better term. It was a fight with the insurance company to get it, but it was worth it. Like most auto immune disorders RA affects everyone differently. As I'm sure must know with your fibromyalgia. For her she has periods of flare ups followed by years of remission, with things like her knees being a constant. I think education and a good doctor are going to be key for you. Best of luck my friend. Love
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