Rheumatoid Arthritis

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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:

I think somehow your medicine is no longer working. You may have become immune to it and need a change.

posted about 5 hours 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:

Methotrexate worked ok for me for about a year then I started having problems with my liver enzymes. And my hair fell out. And stated having pain in… read more

posted 12 days 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:

The problem with cortisone shots is that it’s a hit and miss as to the best place to put the cortisone in the arm. I had them in both my arms and it… read more

posted 11 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 5 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:

I would say that it is like someone kicked me in the back lots of times

posted 6 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:

I've had my thyroid tested multiple times. All the T's but can't remember if the autoantibodies were tested or not. In my case my thyroid is fine. (And… read more

posted 7 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 4 months ago
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Anxiety and insomnia

Anxiety and insomnia

I have had insomnia for a few months and recently had shortness of breath with little exertion. I had a bad episode of aniexty last week and am now being treated for that along with my RA. Has anyone else suffered from these?

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A myRAteam Member said:

Brenda Pyle, would it be possible to get a biologic drug for you RA? They work so much better than the ones you are on. I got my whole life back. Every… read more

posted 6 days ago
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Is my fatigue normal?

Is my fatigue normal?

Hi all! I am 22 and I've had RA for a year. I must say- it hasn't disrupted my life too much until my last rheum visit a month ago. My inflammation markers were down but the arthritis has traveled to my hips, so my rheum wanted to up my mtx dose and also add another DMARD. I tried sulfasalazine but got so sick on it. After 10 days, I stopped it, but it feels like my body has been in such a dip since then. I am suffering from debilitating fatigue- I can sleep for 8 hours and then be awake for… read more

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A myRAteam Member said:

Just reading the posts about fatigue. I am so glad that I am not alone. I know it sounds weird, but it is a relief to know that I am not making it up or… read more

posted 7 days ago
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