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  1. I can offer you some hope. I was diagnosed with RA 32 years ago. Today there are so many options that didn't exist years ago. I know it's a scary diagnosis...I was quite young when I was diagnosed...but to give you some hope for you and your mom, if you saw me today, you'd have no clue....and I had it really, really, really bad at one time. The protocol mentioned at the following website: www.roadback(dot)org put me in "remission." (technical remission so long as I stay on the meds and keep stress down - my blood work proves it AND the meds listed are recognized by the American College of Rheumatology). The meds have fallen out of favor with all the new meds out these days...but I chose my own path for my own reasons and for me it was the right choice. Your takeaway from this is not that I think you have RA - instead, take it as follows....your mom has it and to that I say, there are so so so so so so many options that you can discuss with her and her doctors. It's not as bad as you think - esp today with the old meds (like I'm taking) and the new meds that have been recently developed. I'm sure your doctor is also very positive and hopeful...because they should be. Now as for hand and wrist pain from the computer - welcome to the new computer age. Ergonomics and breaks will help It's natural and expected. I don't think we were designed to sit at a computer all day moving only our fingers. LoL! AND...I think it probably happens to most everyone. You got this...hang in there...we're here for you.
  2. Stress will cause all sorts of stomach there's that. Can't hurt to go to the doctor though. I know it's not easy to do so...but they can give you medicines and/or diet advice to help you. Hang in there and keep us posted.
  3. Thanks for your response... Just to be means so much...
  4. I have a friend who had the monoclonal antibodies treatment after getting covid and he was feeling better within hours. Personally, I'd get tested...there are several antiviral treatments/pills/ that can help. Hang in there and keep us posted.
  5. The title of this post says it all. Discovered today...burned off today. I'm just sad....and I know I should be grateful that it's not anything worse....and that I found a derm who will get me in lightning quick. That is all.
  6. It's significantly smaller...I can hardly find it now...but I'm ready for it to go away. I am hoping that since it has decreased in size so significantly that it is/was likely an underground pimple of some sort. Crossing fingers it completely resolves soon. Thanks all for chiming in!
  7. I think you're right. When I wrote my post above I was in a very bad place mentally. Not gonna lie, I'm still worried about it but at the moment I'm not hysterical and will give it a few days for it to hopefully sort itself out.
  8. It's red. I thought it hurt but maybe it doesn't. I can't catch a break. Haven't slept. Very scared.
  9. I guess it should make me feel better but sadly it doesn't. I mean, I didn't die, so there's that. But I'm stuck on the "precancer" label slapped on actinic keratosis and the fact that I didn't have any (that I know of) until last year. Alas, I am getting older. Now I need to be even more careful with my skin and overall health etc...but you know...the old HA holds tight to anything it can to torture you. I'm stuck on "actinic keratosis is precancer." I need to come to terms with it somehow. Please know though Ironman that your posts ALWAYS are insightful and very helpful....and you always help me to put things into perspective. I appreciate your help as always.
  10. So one of the pimples went away ...left a mark on the skin...but that happens. The other persisted. I went to my derm who blew it off as a pimple and kind of got mad at me....told me not to come back for another year. But the pimple persisted and got itchy. So I went to another derm who said it was likely another "actinic keratosis" and burned it off. Of course, I'm glad it's gone now but of course I can't help but wonder why I keep getting these things now when I never had them before. I asked this second derm that question and he said "well, you're getting older." I'm 54. Once again, like every other derm, he said my skin overall looked fantastic (he gave me a quickie skin check). I'm glad it wasn't something worse. I'm glad it's gone. I'm glad I got a second opinion when it started to get uncomfortable. I won't go back to the first derm because I don't think he should get upset with me. I asked him..."please give me some kind of guideline." I said, "if I find something how long do you want me to wait before I come in. I know you're busy." He wouldn't answer. Of course, the old HA is stewing about and I'm concerned about my skin popping more of these in the future. My understanding is that they are very common esp in older(ish) people with fair skin. I guess at 54 I'm now "olderish" and I'm definitely fair skinned. The possibility still exists that the first derm was right...that it was simply a persistent pimple...either way it's gone so there's that. Just venting here. No big question or anything...just getting my thoughts down as I continue to try to take care of myself. Thanks for reading/listening.
  11. So glad all is well. Well done, you!
  12. Totally relate - including the part about having the worry as a child. I try to group all of my doctors appointments for checkups together so I can get through the dread and horribleness all at once. It's just awful. Just know that in all likelihood everything will be just fine and then you'll feel such a sense of relief and then you're free for another year. Keep us posted.
  13. I have a his 70's that developed a tremor...but it was related to a med he was on. They switched meds and it resolved. No clue what the med was. My hubby and I go out to dinner with him and his wife often so we noticed it was quite pronounced...and then it was gone. We didn't ask about it...he just told us one day "look no shakes!" He's a happy fearless guy who worries about nothing. Good for him. Anyhow, you might check with your doc to see if there could be a med causing it?
  14. All good news. I used over the counter Clotrimazole when I had it once. It took a solid 2 weeks...maybe more...for it to go completely away....but it did and I hope it never comes back. Yours will go away as well. Glad the mammo was perfect. And....exhale! Hugs.
  15. Glad you're doing better!