An equine digression When you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras.
This is an adage in the medical world that encourages doctors to not wander off exploring rare and esoteric reasons for a patient’s symptoms. Because most of the time, that hoof beat of a rash likely isn’t the plague, the joint pain more likely a type of arthritis than the bends (especially if the person has never scuba dived) and you get the picture.
But once in a while, it actually is a zebra. And even if it’s first identified as a horse, eventually, the stripes come through.
It took five years of my parents running around to different doctors
before one finally recognized that I had juvenile idiopathic …
Getting a diagnosis of any type of chronic illness can throw you for loop. There is so much to know and you have so little energy. My new slideshow for HealthCentral collects 13 things you need to know as an RA newbie:
"Receiving a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a moment of
strange duality. On one hand, you may be relieved to finally have
answers for the symptoms you’ve been experiencing. On the other, it can
be incredibly overwhelming to find out you have a chronic illness.
Wrapping your head around all the new factors RA brings into your life
is a long-term process. Here are some of the things you need to know."