I had never heard of rheumatoid arthritis before being diagnosed in 2015 at 31 years old. I started experiencing flare-ups five years earlier when my primary care doctor referred me to a rheumatologist due to my family history of lupus (another autoimmune disorder).
A couple of years later, after a lot of tests, additional specialists, and lots of confusion, the rheumatologist landed on my diagnosis: seronegative rheumatoid arthritis.
I can’t say the diagnosis was helpful in understanding my condition. I left the doctor’s office with prescriptions, being told the importance of taking them, a follow-up date, and yet no knowledge of what rheumatoid arthritis was or what it meant to live with an autoimmune condition.Read more on themighty.com