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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  • WarriorGal

    Sharing good news...

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    NOTE: I share this good news not to create jealousy but to give ya'll HOPE!!Many here know I was in remission on Orencia for 6 years then "had to" (?) go off because for infections, starting with the flu in Feb. and winding jup with C. Diff).Was off for 3-4 months and went into a FULL body - head to toe - EXTREME flare up. Didn't know if Orencia woudl ever work again.In MAY, I started back on...
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  • Has anyone ever done this? I got back from our camping vacation on Wednesday afternoon and I usually take the shot in the morning. I got it out and put it on the kitchen table, like I usually do, and unlike what I usually do, which is sit at the table til the prednisone starts working, I walked away to get things done from camping. Two and a half hours later I wandered back into the kitchen and...
  • Liza06

    Not feeling good

    I knew since last night that I was going to wake up broken. Im now taking prednisone 2x a day but Im in still so much pain. The hospital gave me tramadol and it does nothing. Today is friday, no school until Monday and I know my kids are going to expect some kind of plans for the weekend and all I want to do is curl up under the blankets and stay there the whole weekend. Anyone know of some...
  • 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...
  • sweet7474

    Hopeless

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    I was diagnosed with RA March 1011. I am a 42 year old woman dealing with this chronic pain and swealling on a regular basis... I am getting depressed! I used to be so active. Does it ever get better? What do you guys take for pain that actually works? Imhate living with this. How do you guys cope?
  • 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....
  • Hi,I just joined this group after doing a google search about side effects from Actemra. I have been on this drug for over 5 years and this past year feels like I have bloated up, had frequent hot flashes, and have been dealing with cardiac issues. I'm well past menopause so the hot flashes shouldn't be happening. I;m talking with my doc about changing meds. She does tell me that Actemra can...
  • https://www.myrateam.comI found this site yesterday and am absolutely loving it.
  • 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...
  • Ever wonder why the RA drugs you take only seem to affect certain joints? Or why the drugs might be literally life-changing to one person with rheumatoid disease, but have little or no affect on another?Scientists are now a step closer to the...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.