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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    So frustrated.

    I feel like my health is totally out of control. I feel like I've had sinus infection on/off for months. Blood work is all 100%. I exercise and struggle not to over eat but can't lose any weight. Everything hurts all the time. My blood pressure is too high. My stress level is through the roof. My job is forever 'at risk'. And my husband does not have the slightest understanding of how I...
  • WarriorGal


    Wishing everyone a NON-HECTIC - and as stress-free and as pain-free as possible - enjoyable holiday. Remember: KISS - KEEP IT SIMPLE, STUPID!  Ask for help! Don't be a martyr and try to do too much.Now for my big news. Drum roll, please:I'M DOING IT, gang!!!!  I just booked a flight to New Zealand Jan 9 to Feb 1.  Flying Fiji air with stopovers in LAX and Fiji going and coming so no leg of...
  • WarriorGal

    Do I DARE?

    Do I dare plan a month-long trip overseas?I live in the US and have a son and grandson (13) in NZ. I never wanted to make the 20+ hour flight so I used to send $$ for them to come here. But my d-i-l in nuts and is refusing to renew my grandson's passport. So instead of getting sad and angry, I just decided: I'll go there!Grandson is off from school December and January, so I've decided I'll go...
  • bettyboopy


    I had initial appointment with the rheumatologist last Wednesday. My labs are negative but my X-rays confirm rheumatoid changes and my symptoms improved with prednisone prescribed by my family doctor. The rheumatologist ordered some additional blood work including sjorgens.  Said he would be in contact with me on Monday to decide what to prescribe: plaquinil or methotrexate.  Call Monday asking...
  • adri0826

    New Medication- Actemra

    I've been diagnosed for about 7 years. I was under control with MTX and Humira but started self medicating b/c I didnt like MTX. My old Rheumy retired. Found a new one and he said Humira works with MTX and if I dont want to take it we can see what will give me relief. Tried Enbrel for about 3 months with little relief on/off but at the very end of 3 months crazy flaring almost everyday Im not...
  • greentea

    Week 1, Step 1...

    one week of prednisone 10mg a day. I told him I would do ONE WEEK. Gives me anxiety and mood swings. Also puffy.  Does predinsone really help with pain? Will I feel like being more active?thoughs....experiences. ?thanks!
  • gryd1963

    Humira and shortness of breath

    Hi guys,It's been a while since I posted. I had a crummy winter and never got the RA under control. I have been improving, however, since starting Humira a couple months ago. The problem is ever since I took my last dose on Thursday I noticed a lot of shortness of breath. I can't be positive it is Humira but I was fine before my last injection. I plan to call the doctor on Monday but my question...
  • bluebonnet49

    where do I start

    I was diagnosed in January as a "result" of what was an acute flare up. Prednisone, methotrexate, naproxen and tramadol got me thru it, and I went from not being able to sit up without assistance to going back to work in 6 weeks. I was SOOO much better, back to "normal". Off the prednisone, didn't need the tramadol, down to 2 naproxen a day and 12.5mg of methatrexate a week. Now, over the past...
  • 12andbeyond

    I need to unload...

    Hi there. This is the story/rant of my life with RA (which is hard for me, because 1. I am a people pleaser and don't tend complain and suck it up without telling people how much it hurts, and 2. I know that there are many, many people out there who are worse off then me, so stop whining...).I was diagnosed with JRA at the age of 12. On crutches for a year or so, and given asprin as the med to...
  • bettyboopy

    new to group and overwhelmed

    I am a new diagnosis.   I saw rheumatologist this week.  I have a "convincing story" and positive family history. Was recently on prednisone for bronchitis and it helped the pain. and I have rheumatoid changes seen on xray.  BUT all of my lab work thus far has been negative or inconclusive.  Has anyone else had this?  The doctor told me there is a good percentage of patients without lab...
  • KBaug

    How do I know if the meds are actually working??

    Hi everyone,Im new to the group and full of questions, but this one has been boggling me the most. I have been diagnosed for just over a year - but suffering since highschool (26yrs old now)I was started on x6 tablets of MTX per week, folic acid daily and pain/anti inflam meds when needed. My dose was raised 3months ago to .8 injections...becuase  my RA is pretty bad I guess. and I just dont...
  • Jay30

    Pens/writing aids in South Africa

    Hi everyone, I'm a 31 year old female and was diagnosed with Psoriasis arthritis  last year (very similar to Rheumatoid arthritis), the pain and stiffness is predominantly in my finger joints. Any advice on writing aids or pens? I'm starting my MBA next year and I'm a bit concerned about my ability to write under exam pressure for long hours. Thank you!
  • 3ldsmama

    RA Nodules

    What do RA Nodules feel like.? Are they hard, painful, or fluid?
  • Anijo

    Scared, but got my first appt tomorrow!! Advice?

    what is Rh factor 186 is that bad? Got diagnosis two weeks ago. Just got a rheumatologist to see me in Feb. Feb? I’m in so much pain. What do I do meanwhile?
  • songbirdj

    Dental issues

    I have a root canal coming in a couple of weeks.  My dentist always talks about my "tongue going crazy," and I have great deal of trouble holding my mouth open for him. It doesn't hurt but it's like my jaws are weak or something!? Anyone else do this. Is there anything I should say to him. He's clueless I believe in Regards to autoimmune probs and dentistry. Thanks for any ideas!Jessica