I was just diagnosed in July of this year. My flares and pain went from once in a while to now constant pain of some kind every day. For the last week I’ve had severe shoulder pain where I can’t lift my arm without extreme discomfort. Also when laying down at night to try and sleep my arm gets numb. Anyone ever experience this?
Funny thing , 5 days later shoulder got better just as quickly. I did prednisone for few weeks just to tide me over till biological got approved by insurance.
Now I’m on Enbrel self inject only 8 months in and it’s been a miracle, my pain on that sweet golden nectar of the big pharma gods went from 8-9 to now 1-2, literally within 12 hrs of that first shot.
ESR went from 56 to 14 in 6 months, which means No more inflammation indicated in my body.
Of course, only ur rheumatologist can determine ur best meds. I would say go on them ASAP , as studies show rapid initiation with DMARDS quickly after initial dx gives best long term prognosis. Never get that chance back. Window of opportunity closes quickly!
Exactly! My husband looked at me like I was crazy. No one in my family understands. No one has an auto- immune disease either.
Yup, nerves getting pinched in inflamed shoulder joint and/or small cervical joints. My RA first presented early this year with left shoulder pain so bad, literally out of the blue overnight, where I could not raise left arm over my head without assistance from my “good” arm. Very soon after than Hands, wrist, feet, ankles, knees started. RA can hit hard and fast. But of course, only Your doc can diagnose your specific symptoms.