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  • over 2 years ago

    RE: What Do You Want to Know About RA?

    I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in November 2015 but I had experienced pain and stiffness in my feet and ankles and to a lesser degree in my hands, low back, elbows, and shoulders for months prior to that. I have a positive RA Factor but my other inflammatory tests have not been impressive. None-the-less my rheumatologist has worked very hard to try to get my condition under control. He has gradually added medications to the point that I now take Plaquenil, Methotrexate injections, meloxicam, prednisone, and Enbrel. I also take a number of medications to counteract the side effects of these medications. Despite all of this I continue to have pain and an inability to do things that I once found easy to do. Another woman at this site reported that her rheumatologist had told her she has mild rheumatoid arthritis but is seeking a second opinion because her pain has not been "mild". I felt for her. I know that when a person is having pain and interference with their life it is disheartening to be told you have "mild" anything! It is easy to feel like people think you are a fraud or just being a big baby.
  • 8 days ago

    RE: What Do You Want to Know About RA?

    I have just been diagnosed with RA. I have so many questions, concerns and am just not sure what my future will look like....it's quite overwhelming.
    I have moderate RA and have started taking Plaquenil. The pain has gotten so much worse just since my diagnosis 2 1/2 weeks ago. Some mornings I can barley walk when I get out of bed with the pain in my feet.