A Life-Changing Experience With Raynaud's Illness

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A Life-Changing Experience About a year and a half ago during the fall of my junior year of high school, I was diagnosed with an illness that has dramatically changed every aspect of my life. This illness has changed how I think, what I do in my spare time, how I feel both emotionally and physically, and has given me a more optimistic outlook on life. Any plans I had for my future were interrupted and thrown right out the window. Everything changed for me and not in a good way. I first noticed the symptoms around fall of 2011 when I had pain in my knees while playing tennis. I didn’t think much of it and just assumed it was because I wasn’t wearing sneakers. I told my mom and so we went to my pediatrician who recommended that I see a podiatrist. The doctor gave me supports for my shoes and I was fine for awhile. Over the following years I’d randomly have pain throughout my body but I ignored it because it didn’t …show more content…

Fortunately I had already seen him before by the recommendation of my aunt due to me having raynaud’s syndrome. Raynaud’s is an autoimmune disorder that causes your blood vessels to restrict when it’s cold and expand when it’s hot which is the opposite of what your blood vessels are supposed to do. One with raynaud’s can either have primary or secondary. Primary is a minor issue while secondary is a side effect of an underlying disease. My doctor assumed that it was secondary due to the fact that results from earlier blood tests showed that I had an abnormal Rheumatoid factor which is a measurement of autoantibodies which are basically white blood cells that are programmed to attack one's healthy cells. I explained all of the symptoms to my doctor and he decided that we should run some blood tests to get some answers. I figured the day was going to come eventually where I got a diagnosis for everything but I never imagined it would be so

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