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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  • I've been diagnosed for 8 years, rheumatoid arthritis, things are progressing seemingly out of control LOL.I'm seeing a new doctor next week due to a relocation and not being thrilled with the Doctor I had found. Biologics weren't helping my inflammation and I had shingles twice, 9 months apart on two different biologic, when sulfazalazine was causing major headaches he decided I should quit all...
  • So I decided to try the Methotrexate yesterday and I did what the bottle says. It said take 5 pills in one shot. I took it even though it seemed like a lot. I was alright until about 1 hr in. I felt my cheat getting tighter and tighter. At this point I thought to brush it off, thinking I was having a panic attack. It was not a panic attack. My husband got worried and called the ambulance because...
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  • oceans11

    Who's still here?

    I'm curious on how many people have left this site since it's change. I don't see as many posts & or as many updates. I still check in from time to time but I'm having a hard time getting used to it's look & format & this is coming from someone who is very comfortable with tech, internet, computers etc.
  • WarriorGal

    I was offended

    I don't know if I am being over sensitive, BUT...this has NEVER happened to me in my life (and i'm 71).My left hand has been cripped from RA since late 80s. My right, which had had some perevative surgey (synovecomiy) became identical to the left sometime in the 90s. Today both are deformed, twisted, disgusting, horribly deformed almost fists with enormous joints. Pictures of my hands can be...
  • This is mostly a venting for my mental health kind of post but I will gladly take advice and words of wisdom.I'm between a rock and a hard place right now. I was diagnosed with RA, but then a rheumatologist called that diagnosis into question and stopped DMARD's. She was probably wrong, but if it isn't RA, it is almost certainly PsA, Lupus, MCD, and/or something else in that family (all of my...
  • Liza06

    This is new to me

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    I just got diagnosed with RA a couple months ago. Although my specialist says that I've had it longer and its aggressive. He started me on Pednisone 20mg everyday with Mobic and tramadol with no relief. Now he's starting me on Methotrexate on Monday. This is my problem I've read so much about this med and its side effects and now Im terrified. What Im asking is if anyone has tried this med and...
  • WarriorGal

    Not sure again...

    Sorry if I'm driving ya'll crazy...but... I'm back on that roller coatser.I posted (Good, btter, best) and made people jealous that i was down to 2.5mg/day prednisone and skipping days, and thought for SURE the Orencia was working.Now I'm back to not knowing. I have not done more than 2 days without the pred, I get ACHY... and I am excessively TIRED EVERY day with our without the pred. despite...
  • WarriorGal

    TUMERIC

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  • californialynn

    Elevators

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    Visited a friend yesterday evening. She lives on the 3rd floor and we were parked in the subterranean garage below the first floor. Since I first visited her about 4 months ago, I've been telling her there's something wrong with the elevator. There's only one in the building. She's been complaining to the property management company and just last week they got back to her to say it was checked...
  • [Aha! so I get to use Bold, Underline, Italics, and add links ONLY if I'm the one launching the thread. So THAT'S how it works. Stupid, eh?]How long did it take me? I was one of the lucky ones, I suppose, in that I suffered for three months and got diganosed within 3 months after that. I'm seronegative and was fortunate to have a rheumatologist who didn't go strictly on blood tests. Gee, I'm...
  • packie

    Cotton wool Spots and RA

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    Hello All:I was recently diagnosed with RA and start week 2 of embral shots. I had prior to the shots, a small spot appearing in my vision in the bottom of my right eye. It appeared to me as a Floater. One of those things you see in your vision from time to time, except this one did not move. It did not show all the time and as I was starting the embral, I mentioned it to my RA doctor. He...
  • Hi Guys,I don't write much here and even less with this new format but I am so depressed right now I could cry. I was doing so well with my RA. My pain was at an alll time low and my morning stiffness went from bad to virtually non-existant. I still had work to do such as get to a lower dose of prednisone and hopefully off it completely but I was doing great on the Humira, the low dose...
  • Bernadette

    Diet

    Has anyone gotten results by changing diet habits and taking supplements? If so what do u do differently and is it a good enough solution as to not rely on medication anymore...
  • During my recent flare up my rheumatologist ordered some lab work. I got the results today. One test was slightly out of range. I scored 1:40 on the ANA titer test with a low level antibody level. The lab report itself read "ANA Screen, IFA - Positive" and the ANA Pattern was Homogenous. I wasn't sure what this test was until I looked it up and realized he was more than likely testing for Lupus....