Managing Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain: Jamie Navarette

Managing Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain: Jamie Navarette


(casual background music) – I’m Jamie Navarette, I am 35 years old and I was diagnosed with
rheumatoid arthritis when I was 18. In 2014, I had a very severe flare and I lasted several months
and it actually took me over a year to get it fully under control. So it was pretty severe, and the pain that came with it was just as severe. One of my favorite
sayings is Thomas Edison, he said, “I have not
failed, I’ve just found “10,000 ways that won’t work.” And I love that because I’m just like him. I am on way 10,001 and
I’m still figuring it out. It’s because of course,
we’re all different and although we might
have the same disease, there is of course varying levels and severities and disease activity. And so it’s sort of hard to say what works for Patient A will work for Patient B. A big part of I think managing my disease was fully understanding what it meant to live with it, and
then to educate others. The medication is, yes, one strong piece of it but I think just
sort of healthy living in general is a huge key as well. Seeking support and
talking about these issues with people and making
your supervisor aware and your coworkers, and your family, and you don’t have to do that alone. And I think pain is exacerbated by feelings of isolation and loneliness, and so those are really key. (casual background music)

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