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I was diagnosed with polyarticular juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in 2011. My family just thought it was going pains, but it never went away. I would limp, I couldn't hold a cup and my fingers wouldn't straighten. And I was in a lot of pain. So my mom took me to the doctor. Luckily the doctor had a kid that was living with arthritis, and she sent us to a rheumatologist. The rheumatologist definitely saw sings of arthritis and put me on meds as soon as possible. She said I have arthritis in just about every single joint in my body, including my jaw. I was put on methotrexate first, for a once a week shot. I am extremely afraid of needles. This was very scary; we tried so many different things to make the shot better. We put on numbing cream, played some sort of device, anything. I was so nervous that almost every week I would throw up. The medicine was not good to me either. I would feel so sick for the next 48 hours. So my rheumatologist put me on Enbrel every 5 days, and switched me to pills of methotrexate, which weren't so bad to me. Then my muscles started hurting and I was also diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I was in a lot of pain. I wanted to hide it from everyone. I didn't want anyone to know. I didn't want anyone to think of me as someone who is different. Now I am fighting through the pain without anyone knowing and my mom says I am the toughest person she knows. It's a struggle, but you do get used to it. Once the medicine starts working you feel a lot better. Know that you can do it and never give up!


Abby

I was diagnosed with polyarticular juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in 2011. My family just thought it was going pains, but it never went away. I would limp, I couldn't hold a cup and my fingers wouldn't straighten. And I was in a lot of pain. So my mom took me to the doctor. Luckily the doctor had a kid that was living with arthritis, and she sent us to a rheumatologist. The rheumatologist definitely saw sings of arthritis and put me on meds as soon as possible. She said I have arthritis in just about every single joint in my body, including my jaw. I was put on methotrexate first, for a once a week shot. I am extremely afraid of needles. This was very scary; we tried so many different things to make the shot better. We put on numbing cream, played some sort of device, anything. I was so nervous that almost every week I would throw up. The medicine was not good to me either. I would feel so sick for the next 48 hours. So my rheumatologist put me on Enbrel every 5 days, and switched me to pills of methotrexate, which weren't so bad to me. Then my muscles started hurting and I was also diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I was in a lot of pain. I wanted to hide it from everyone. I didn't want anyone to know. I didn't want anyone to think of me as someone who is different. Now I am fighting through the pain without anyone knowing and my mom says I am the toughest person she knows. It's a struggle, but you do get used to it. Once the medicine starts working you feel a lot better. Know that you can do it and never give up!

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