Opinions and experiences
Hi! Backstory, I was recently pregnant. Gave birth three months ago. My ob realized my wbc was frequently elevated and no one had noticed but him. So he referred me to a hematologist. After I was referred I decided to go back and look at all my labs. Turns out my wbc was elevated the whole time and no one had mentioned anything to me. When I was in my early twenties I would do the stair master and my knees would hurt and I immediately thought it was because of the work out because after that it would stop. So no other symptoms after that.
My hematologist did a bunch of tests, my fana staining pattern came back elevated 1:160, my crp came back as 1.80 and my esr at 69. He wanted to have me follow up with a rheumatologist but since I was so far along in my pregnancy, he wanted me to wait and see if it was my pregnancy causing this. I also started having joint knee pain and thought it was because of my pregnancy.
Fast forward to now, I haven’t thought about having RA up until now. I have a new pcp and told her the whole ordeal. She said she would repeat the labs before sending me a referral to a rheumatologist. My labs haven’t come back yet. But this morning I woke up with painful joint pain, but this time my shoulder blades, elbows and knees. Is this gonna affect how I am with my newborn baby?
How is living life with RA, when were you diagnosed, what symptoms did you get and is it manageable to do day to day tasks?