I'm a complicated mess already but my health issues, mainly my auto-immune arthritis, make it worse. Reading, my pets, sleeping, and exercising keeps me happy though.

The above things also constitute as my hobbies... I know, I have no life


Gluten Free since April 2012.

Bilateral TMJ Replacement Surgery December 2013 (I'm bionic!)

16th August 2014

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5th February 2012

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The RA tumblr community is astounding

My friends are understanding but, other than my mum and my boyfriend, I’ve always felt alone in my struggle. With mum, she and I could sit there and discuss all the pain and symptoms and side effects but I never wanted to go too far into detail when it came time to talk about the mental issues because I didn’t want her to feel bad or to worry. With my boyfriend, I can be completely honest and know that he’ll support me 200% but even then, some days I don’t want to tell him everything because I don’t want him to feel bad or worry or add more stress to him.

Since becoming more active on tumblr and realizing how many of us that there are out there, I’m feeling better about everything. It’s your fight and the way in which you approach it, both your strength and the admission of weaknesses, that make me feel like I can do it too. You all are rays of light shining through the darkness of my mind. And I love you all for it. <3

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5th February 2012

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I always used to say that my body hated me but I never realized how true that was until the doctors pretty much started telling me the same thing&#8230; =/

I always used to say that my body hated me but I never realized how true that was until the doctors pretty much started telling me the same thing… =/

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4th February 2012

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This Inspires Me: Changing the Name of RA (and maybe PA/PsA) →

psarthritis:

I can’t stand telling people outside of the PsA community that I have “psoriatic arthritis” because I can just see, as soon as they hear the “a” word, the wheels turning in their heads as they picture their grandmother’s crooked hands, and I know I’ve lost them before I’ve even started. 

I’m working on figuring out the best way to communicate my disease, which is no easy task when you have a disease as varied and complicated as PsA is. 

As I keep trying, I often think of Kelly’s name change fight as an inspiration. 

When I first started working at a new job, I was talking to a co-worker and I was trying to explain some of my problems. When the ‘a’ word came up, he immediately said, “Let me see.” You’re looking at it. Though I feel its effects just about everywhere on my body, the arthritis is worst in my jaw, the damage so extensive that we’re worried I might have to have joint replacements and I’m only twenty-two. But people just don’t understand that. 

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4th February 2012

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Has anyone had jaw pain with their arthritis?

all-flared-upp:

my Jaw hurts so badly to open it and when i do, my ear hurts so badly!! Has anyone else had this problem?

It’s a common issue, unfortunately. The damage to the joints of my jaw is extensive to say the least. There are a number of things you can do to try and help decrease the pain but these are the two that I find most effective.

Soft foods. I know that it doesn’t sound any fun but it’ll make a difference. Cut down on hard, chewy, and crunchy food if not cut them out completely. These foods add additional stress to the joints. This one is a hard rule for me as I’m a compulsive ice cruncher but as soon as I start doing it, my jaw will start hurting so that helps me to stop some times.

Night guard/splint. Talk to your dentist about getting one or, a cheaper route, go to your local CVS/Riteaid/etc and pick one up there. Wear it every night. You can even wear it during the day if you want. Most people wear it to prevent damage and wear to the teeth from clenching them but I have to wear mine for the jaw issues. The night guard keeps me from closing my mouth all the way and clenching my teeth together so it takes stress off the joints.

Like I said, it’s a common problem so just remember, you aren’t alone in this! <3

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4th February 2012

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4th February 2012

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swingtothestars:

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Gahh, I hate feeling like this :/

swingtothestars:

:<

Gahh, I hate feeling like this :/

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4th February 2012

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haram-zadi:

I am not trying to be a whiny-pants, I swear. This just made me laugh so so so so so so hard.

That&#8217;s right, I&#8217;m a bad ass with an even badder immune system.

haram-zadi:

I am not trying to be a whiny-pants, I swear. This just made me laugh so so so so so so hard.

That’s right, I’m a bad ass with an even badder immune system.

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4th February 2012

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I wish it was a joke. At least I&#8217;m not losing so much that it&#8217;s noticeable to most people&#8230;

those-ra-moments:

Submitted by: iwillbringhealthandhealing

I wish it was a joke. At least I’m not losing so much that it’s noticeable to most people…

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4th February 2012

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