Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Biologics

Biologics

I know we've all discussed this before, but I'm wondering how many of us have tried several biologics (for 3-4 months) without ANY luck.
I am having the hardest time explaining RA and my treatments to friends/family. Some don't understand that 20-40% of RA sufferers have a resistance to their treatments.
I had a friend tell me today that I have been misdiagnosed due to my treatments not working and my constant swollen joints/body.
It's so frustrating trying to explain it all! I do believe there may be… read more

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A myRAteam Member said:

I hear you!! MOST people don't get it!! Struggling to get the right med. Hope these injections work...ACTEMRA

posted 10 days ago
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Does anyone else feel like a whimp when they have to admit that they are just not having a good RA day?

Does anyone else feel like a whimp when they have to admit that they are just not having a good RA day?

I just feel as if family/friends/significant others don't understand when you say you aren't feeling good. I don't want to even admit out loud that I am in pain because I feel like they think I'm trying to get out of something or making excuses. Does anyone else ever feel this way?

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A myRAteam Member said:

Yes I do. I have a friend who can’t understand why I don’t dance all the time. I don’t think my family understands either, how much it hurts. People… read more

posted 23 days ago
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Loss of employment???

Loss of employment???

I've noticed some individuals have posted that they've lost their jobs and wondered how often this occurs. Anyone lose their job due to RA? Was it your decision, or your employer?

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A myRAteam Member said:

During a workday ,I had a bad flare and my hands couldn't move causing me to drop tools and expensive equipment. I was put on medical disability and… read more

posted 2 months ago
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Does anyone find methotrexate to work really well?

Does anyone find methotrexate to work really well?

I keep hearing people talk about how intolerable @methotrexate is. I am curious to hear from people who find it to be helping. I started it 3 weeks ago and I can't believe how amazing I feel. Its like someone oiled my joints and told my muscles to behave! I wonder if it's something specific to my condition. I'm sero negative poly inflammatory arthritis. Essentially that just means I have Ankylosing spondylitis symptoms and RA. Virtually every joint is involved… read more

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A myRAteam Member said:

Can you please discribe what you were feeling, I have been taking 10 methotrexate a week , I feel great but a couple of weeks ago I started feeling… read more

posted 9 days ago
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Does anyone have wheezing either as a RX side effect or along with RA symptoms.

Does anyone have wheezing either as a RX side effect or along with RA symptoms.

I had asthma as a child and have had problems only when sick with bronchitis/pneumonia. But since my RA diagnosis (or starting Methotrexate) I wheeze frequently. I find I am extremely sensitive to allergens and will wheeze with very little stimuli. I go to the allergy/asthma specialist next week, but I feel like this is not Asthma. My instinct is that it related to the RA or a medication side effect.

Thanks in advance for your… read more

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A myRAteam Member said:

I took two shots of methotrexate and got instant pneumonia both times. I have been on biologics, Enbrel and now Humira , without methotrexate for 5… read more

posted 2 months ago
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Outside shoulder pain and trying to sleep when you sleep on your side.

Outside shoulder pain and trying to sleep when you sleep on your side.

Hi Family,
I have added a new pain area and it's driving me nuts. For the last week the outside of the bone on the top of my shoulders are painful. I don't sleep well anyway and this is not helping. I sleep on my side and I can't sleep on my back or stomach. Once I lay down the pressure on the bone in my arms starts pounding. I got about 2 hours of sleep last night and that was only in the recliner, but when I tried to move, my arm I way… read more

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A myRAteam Member said:

I posted the above blog before I left on vacation. Don't know why it says 11 minutes ago. ???

posted 23 days ago
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1at winter with RA. Eeeek! Any tips?

1at winter with RA. Eeeek! Any tips?

Hi RA fam! So this will be my 1st fall & winter having RA. I live in Chicago and our winters are BRUTAL. It's only end of summer & already we have fall whether (which is killing me by the way). In the summer if the AC was too high I would stiffen up. I am so scared, absolutely PETRIFIED thinking of how it's going to feel in the winter. Anything I should know that will help me prepare? Any tips or things I should or should not do? Anything you have bought to ease the… read more

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A myRAteam Member said:

long john are my savoir

posted 2 months ago
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How do you describe a flare to someone who doesn't have RA?

How do you describe a flare to someone who doesn't have RA?

My flares aren't always exactly the same but yesterday I flared badly. I can describe it to my daughter, sorry guys most women will get this, as the overwhelming body aches and exhaustion on PMS. My entire body feels swollen and it throbs and joints ache like a fever. For my hubby and son I can only describe it as throbbing and aching in my entire body. and exhausted like I've run a marathon and haven't slept for days. And even with all that, it doesn't… read more

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A myRAteam Member said:

That's me

posted 10 days ago
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Is there any medication to help with fatigue?

Is there any medication to help with fatigue?

I need help with this constant fatigue. I can't get enough sleep no matter how many hours I rest. I sleep at work and have fallen asleep driving several times. Is there anything that would help? I exercise and drink water and all that jazz.

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A myRAteam Member said:

Hi Paula
Sorry to hear your in pain all the time l have the fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis l've been on Actema and of course Percocet it helps… read more

posted about 1 month ago
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