I just realized after describing my inflammatory arthritis symptoms for years with words, I’ve never posted a picture of how much swelling is really going on down there around my knees. All joint swelling has been isolated to both of my knees over the past few years and still remains today. As you can see in this video, my knees are quite disproportionate to the rest of my legs. So far cortisone injections and high doses of prednisone have been the only medications to reduce swelling, although only for a week or so at a time. All other medications such as naproxen, mobic, methotrexate, sulfasalazine, plaquenil and long-term, low-dose prednisone have not had much affect.

I’ve lost most of the muscle in my quadriceps and hamstrings due to the inability to exercise. Three years ago at a height of 6′ 1″ I weighed 185. Today I’m closer to 150. And at 185 I’d estimate body fat was under 10%. It’s sad to see what’s lost from muscle atrophy but I believe that is why I’m so determined to find answers and to hopefully help others who are also suffering with similar issues to find those answers before losing too much ground. My goal is to recover fully from this painful condition, to send this disease into complete remission, and to live life to the fullest. With God’s healing, support from family and friends, and perseverance, I know it’s possible.

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