Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Group

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic, inflammatory, multisystem, autoimmune disorder. It is a disabling and painful condition which can lead to substantial loss of mobility due to pain and joint destruction. The disease is also systemic in that it often also affects many extra-articular tissues throughout the body including the skin, blood vessels, heart, lungs, and muscles... The symptoms that distinguish rheumatoid arthritis from other forms of arthritis are inflammation and soft-tissue swelling of many joints at the same time (polyarthritis). The joints are usually affected initially asymmetrically and then in a symmetrical fashion as the disease progresses. The pain generally improves with use of the affected joints, and there is...

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  • Tilly65

    Larger print.

    If you need larger print you can zoom your page by going to the 3 dots on the upper right hand corner of you screen  and click on it and you will see a zoom there.Click it up until the print is the size you want it (at least this will help until this site makes the print larger).  That is for internet explorer and google browsers - Window 10 versions.  Hope this helps. Maybe someone else can...
  • not_broken2376

    New Member

    Hello everyone, I just joined and thought I would introduce myself and then ask a question.I am nineteen years old and I was diagnosed in earlier this year based on physical symptoms because my blood tests did not show anything. It started just in my fingers and toes and my rheumatologist put me on Plaquenil around May. It seemed to work until about mid-August when I had a pretty painful flare...
  • I have come to hate the colours of DS more and more!  Gray is just ugly and depressing. Add to the fact, that we have that ugly mountain for a group picture, and some days, I just skip coming here.Why don't we all complain to DS in a pm that we want that picture changed. I know that is small potatoes, in light of what a bust this new format is, but maybe it would help someone on a bad day to...
  • sportslover27


    my SO is struggling with on how to meal plan. the doctor recommend doing elimination food to figure out if any foods are causing inflammation (allergies, etc) then gradually add the eliminated food to see if its the culprit. But also suggested Whole30 which contradicts the elimination plan. Example: Whole30 says potatoes are OK but the elimination diet list says NO. how do you guys go about on...
  • is there a thread/group where i can go and chat with people who are supporting their partners with RA? thank you.
  • Lbuese_88

    Hello. This is my first post.

    One of the main reasons I sought out a support group is because NOBODY can relate to me and what it is I'm going through on a daily basis. People here the word arthritis and automatically think they know the cure all for RA but really have absolutely no idea what they're talking about. I don't like to even try to explain most of the time because the topic can be such a mood killer and always...
  • katie

    How do I get my head around this?

    I'm newly diagnosed, two months on Plaquenil, nothing good happening yet, and some additional deterioration to my hands during that time. The symptoms that sent me to the doctor in the first place were sausage fingers and swollen red knuckles, but I have since realized that my fatigue level was relevant too. I have so many questions, and I'm grateful to have found this group. I'd like to start...

    ra and failed corneal transplant

    Anyone have RA and suffering from it attacking eyesight?I had a corneal transplant recentely failed andeye doc and ra docor believe it was due to activite ra that was not known at time of operation.Please respond if you have this problemThank yoju john
  • taylor


    Hi there I was diagnosed 1 week ago by my family doctor. He feels i should be able to return to work and put me on hydroxychloroquine sulfate. I have been off work for a month (my choice) because of pain and swelling. I am an automotive mechanic and am wondering if anyone has any experience with a highly physical job and ra? I will see a specialist but have no idea when. Does physical work make...
  • sportslover27

    for all of you -- a ?

    My spouse has RA and we're new to the whole thing, recently got Dx in August? I put a question mark there because the symptoms started back in March, perhaps February. They started taking medication in August of Metho, Prednisone, Folate, and many other supplements. We're both deaf. It has been noticeable how it really affects them, myself and us. Pixies, it’s what we call the pain, are always...
  • shawntaem

    Newly Diagnosed

    I'm not sure how this works but I wanted to post to maybe get some feedback. I just turned 30 and was diagnosed with RA while 29. I have only just begun trying to see which medications work for me. So far I have done prednisone with plaquenil, however, my Rheumatologist has just started taking me off of the steroid and I am starting the feel pain again. She said that the next step is to try...
  • Daiseysrmyfav


    I have had RA for 1 1/2 years but i haven't taken any medication for it, I was teying to control the symptoms with my diet.  I just had a Dr visit and he wants me to start methotrexate and Folic Acid.  I am concerned about the side effects.
  • SusieG

    Flu shot

    If you never got a flu shot before do you get one now that you are on immune suppression drugs?
  • Shanudge

    A day at a time

    So i am curently weaning of predisone and onto Plaquenil. Between that and the other meds I take (statin and Zoloft and melatonin) I needed to get a Am/PM weekly pill organizer so I don't miss any doeses. This of course has me constantly worrying about my RA, which is mild at the moment..but every twinge I feel in my joints, the stiffness I feel after my hour and a half hour commute to work, the...
  • WarriorGal

    Doctor visit today !

    Another "fun" day! Called about 21/5 months ago for an appointment with a hand surgeon. Asked before making the appointment if he does the specific joint replacement surgery I need  (MCP) because it is very uncommon surgery and few doctors an do it. I am told YES. So I wait months till my appointment day. Then I wait an HOUR+ in his waiting room to see the doctor and he tells me he does NOT do...