I have newly diagnosed RA. Feet, hands, ankles, wrists hips hurt..I often get whole body pain specifically noticing arms get really weak and feel constant dull pain.
Is this part of the RA? My rhemy thinks it's fibromyalgia on top of RA. She says RA only affects joints. But could it be referred pain from surrounding joints? How to treat it?
You’re only 39...crucial you follow the advice of ur rheumatologist, especially for your RA. Want to get on the likely first step DMARD that just about all new RA patients are recommended. You want to halt or dramatically slow RA now, while it’s just starting, so u don’t end up with a high risk of joint replacement and or total disability (wheelchair or worse) well before ur time.
I’m so sorry u have RA so young. Always follow ur doctors advice, but I think if u read many many of the stories of folks on here that have been battling RA for many, many years, they wish they were more aggressive in treating their disease early on.
One never wants , years from now, to be in that worse disease category thinking back that they....coulda ...woulda...shoulda.
Truly best wishes to you.
PS there are rxs too that help one’s fibromyalgia symptoms...but again the RA is what you really want to halt...given you’re so young. Fibromyalgia will not result in the devastating effects that untreated RA can.
The meds that I took when I was 18 (1973-4) were not very helpful. I had puking reactions to several of them. Meds today are better at targeting the RA. I also expected to go into remission while pregnant, and that didn't happen either. My brother-in-law told me his mom had 13 kids because she did go into remission with each pregnancy... she also only had RA in her hands. The bottom line is that while we talk about our RA, it may differ from person to person.
Yes I have that issue and I have RA and fibromyalgia and they haven’t found anything to put together for me as of yet was diagnosed 7 months ago and my primary Doctor sent me to see a different rheumatologist I feel worse than when I was diagnosed and have picked up other illnesses I am also on insulin for diabetes never had a problem with this before
Gabapentin or Lyrica can help with your Fibromyalgia pain. Gabapentin didn't work for me, but Lyrica has been a godsend. There's a generic out now, and it works just as well.