The month of August 2019 was another level of pain aside from Rheumatoid that I never want to experience again. And I am so very grateful it is over. I started having a different kind of back pain on August 3rd. It seemed to get worse everyday, and the pain started to move its way up into the middle part of my back on the right side. On the 8th, I got up 3 times during the night because my ribs on my right side hurt so bad, and it continued thru the day. By Friday, the 9th, I had my husband bring me to the ER when he got home from work. The ER Dr. said he thought it could be Shingles, but found it odd that I did not have a rash. I was discharged in just as much pain as when I arrived. By Monday, the 12th, the HORRIBLE rash appeared, and it stayed with me ALL Month...the pain too.
My name is Karen. I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid in the fall of 1990 when I was almost 22 years old.