I have RA and was diagnosed in 2009 and im about to turn 34.
Finding the right combinations of drugs is very important but can be a very long and frustrating process. Its only been the last year that I've found the right mix for me which is weekly methotrexate and remicade infusions every 6 weeks.
I've also been shocked to notice how much the food I eat affects my arthritis. I stay away from dairy, processed sugar, greasy and processed foods along with some others that i have an allergy or intolerance to. I've been able to cut meds in half and get off my anti inflammatories completely from doing this.
Please feel free to ask me questions or to expand on anything I've said. Im not sure how new you are to this horrible disease, but I'll help you out any way I can. There are also others on here with RA that I know will give you advice as well. Take care
Hi Cin513, I was dxd with RA in 2012. I'm now 52 years old. I had been having a terrible time with pain for years dating back to at least 2008, although I recall having a few rounds with pain that was debilitating off and on for several years even prior to that. I began seeking help from my family doctor, and he treated me for years for inflamation. Gained tons of weight 75# because of meds and lack of excercise. When I finally decided that I wanted to have the same gp as my hubby, it wasn't but the 2nd time he saw me that he dxd me, did bloodwork to be sure he was correct and set up the appt with my rheumy. He said that the thing I said to him that was his first clue, was that I said I felt like a hypochondriac because my pain is in a different place all the time. Since then, it's been a whirlwind to say the least. Now, 3 yrs later , I have multiple diagnosisis. RA picks up a lot of "hitchhikers". Rheumitoid arthritis Cevical spinal stenosis Fibromyalgia Sjogrens Neuropathy Multiple bulging disks IBS Cervical spondylosis Small nerve damage.......ect I don't know if that is typical of RA but it's rough. I'm sorry that your hueting so much. I wish you the very best
Forgot to tell you what helps me best. I take 29 pills/vitamins a day. Hate it! I love my corn pillows! Heat them up I also know that after I get into a hot shower or tub with epson salt. It makes me fewl so much better. Please be sure you rest.
Welcome Cin513! I have symptoms of RA started in my hands. I'm officially dx with OA & Sjogrens, among many "hitchhikers", as Sleepingbeauty mentioned. I bought a pair of gloves with the fingertips city off, to keep my hands warm. I'm on Plaquenil for the sjogrens but it's also helped the fibro, and I use Aleve and Tylenol Arthritis. I'm not sure what corn pillows are (Sleepingbeauty). But I use rice filled tube socks, microwaved. I'm 53 and I was having symptoms in 2008. Just got dx with OA last year and sjogrens this year; fibro in 2012, and IBS 15+ years ago. Good luck and best wishes you'll have a good doctor. My rheumy doc dx me, not my PCP. Hugs & a prayer! 🙏🌼