|A (aristoboule) wrote in arthritis,|
@ 2007-12-18 13:00:00
I hadn't found a community on IJ dedicated to arthritis in all its forms, so I made one!
I go by Artemis/Aristoboule/Ellimun/Hey you on the Internets, I'm 33, and I've had arthritis since I was 10. My original diagnosis was osteoarthritis, but the degree and type of joint damage didn't quite fit so I was finally diagnosed with seronegative rheumatoid arthritis after psoriatic arthritis and lupus were also considered. And I also have euthyroid Graves' disease and very mild UC, because I got the econopak for autoimmune diseases.
I've had four joint surgeries (three on one foot, one on a wrist) and currently take Azulfidine EN (sulfasalazine), ibuprofen, folic acid, and some other junk unrelated to arthritis.
After being told to stop playing sports when I was younger, I now run, walk, and sometimes bike and swim and have been known to go to yoga and the occasional Pilates class.
I used to work for the largest arthritis-related non-profit in the US, which had been completely incidental, and now work in the corporate world. Prior to that, I was in archaeology... and even excavated a Greek Iron Age skeleton with osteoarthritis of the spine (I just can't escape it, aaaaah!).
Right now, my biggest issues with arthritis are leg stiffness in the morning (as stiff as a ten-year-old frozen gingerbread woman) and hip pain.
So enough about me! Are there any tags or interests you'd like to see added to the community?