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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?

A myRAteam Member said:

It's hard to admit you're not feeling well or ask for help. You learn to deal with it better as time goes by. You have to put your health and yourself… read more

posted 22 days ago

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?

A myRAteam Member said:

Dear friends. I went through this for a long time. It started when my parents died six weeks apart and I was the executor and had to deal with my… read more

posted 3 months ago

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.

A myRAteam Member said:

I agree. Sleep is a medicine that heals your body. Take valerian or melatonin or CBD.

posted about 2 months ago

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

A myRAteam Member said:

My husband sees the swelling and knows. My family and friends can only empathize so much and I stopped saying I was in pain. When I don't feel well, I… read more

posted about 2 months ago

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

A myRAteam Member said:

I been on it at least 15 years. It helps

posted 9 days ago

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

A myRAteam Member said:

Thanks for the utube information. I do shoulder therapy now but when it ends I will use this.

posted about 2 months ago

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

A myRAteam Member said:

I would see a pulmonologist. I just had a chest xray and now a chest CT scan because nodules appeared in my lungs !

posted about 2 months ago

Just Curious Do You Suffer From Insomnia More Since Being Diagnosed With RA?

Just Curious Do You Suffer From Insomnia More Since Being Diagnosed With RA?

A myRAteam Member said:

I get up several (3 or 4) times per night. Although I sleep with a Salivix gel in my mouth, it still goes dry. That wakes me up. I need to keep changing… read more

posted about 1 year ago

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

A myRAteam Member said:

Hot hands. Slip them in your gloves. They sell them in grocery stores here in Reno. Also at Cabelas or Bass Pro Shop. Contractors who work outside can’t… read more

posted 5 months ago
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