Christen is a gym person. She loves to lift weights and push herself. In October of 2015, she started to experience very bad pain in her wrists, hands and feet and although she would still go to the gym for her scheduled personal trainer appointments three times a week, she realized she could hardly lift a 35lb weight, let alone a 10lb weight. It was so painful.
Christen’s primary doctor who did several blood tests to see what was wrong and when nothing crazy showed up, not even lyme disease, which he thought may be the case, he suggested she see a rheumatologist. It was the rheumatologist who diagnosed Christen with rheumatoid arthritis.
The next 6-9 months were a downward spiral of weight gain, pain, swelling and not even being able to walk some days. Her feet would swell so much that the bones would disappear, making her foot and ankle into one! She tried three different medications, and Celebrex and Tramadol for pain. Nothing really worked. But she was determined to move on with her day and not let the disease keep her from her career goals.
After one particular month of being in extreme pain and not being offered any alternatives from her doctor at the time, she decided to see Dr. Carlson in March of 2017.
During the appointment after asking her questions and doing more blood tests, she suggested a biologic, which Christen’s last doctor refused to use. She also diagnosed her with psoriatic arthritis.
Christen went on Enbrel, which was hard at first to give herself a shot, but once she got the hang of it, it was a piece of cake. Now, after a full year of being on Enbrel, Christen feels amazing. She is thankful to Dr. Carlson for being so attentive and listening.
Christen wants people to know that there is hope out there, and to keep trying, and not give up!
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