Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Flare symptoms, or an RA flare, during menstural cycle or PMS.

Flare symptoms, or an RA flare, during menstural cycle or PMS.

I have a question for anyone who may experience the same symptoms as I. When my menstrual cycle appears I have rheumatoid flare symptoms. My feet swell, I feel very tired, my hands and wrists are nearly disabled by the stiffness and pain. Do any of you experience those symptoms?

A myRAteam Member said:

Hello all! I wanted to update about my question. I had a full abdominal hysterectomy May 6th. I am in week 5 following surgery. So far, no flares and I… read more

posted 3 months ago

Diagnosis

Diagnosis

I am seronegative ra. My rheumatologist even has mentioned that. Why does he always put Inflamatory arthritis as my diagnosis? My numbers were nearly high enough to be positive My ana is positive, and I have multiple advanced joint erosions. It kind of irritated me when another person I know went to the same place with very similar labs and results as myself and had instant ra diagnosis, all kinds of options offered, etc. Such as biologics. I live in alot of pain and this really upset me for some… read more

A myRAteam Member said:

http://www.arthritistypes.org/seronegative_arth...
This will give you an answer you are not getting from your DR
I hope you can understand the… read more

posted over 2 years ago

Working with RA

Working with RA

I can't seem to find any job that doesn't severely effect my RA. I've done pretty much every job from desk work to serving and all of them effect me in one way or another. I'm feeling really helpless and worried for the future. I'm on disability but 930 isn't nearly enough money to live on even in the poor part of town. I'd like to one day get out of the bedroom next to my parents and live on my own, but if I can't find a good sustainable job that doesn't kill me then I'll have to live with my… read more

A myRAteam Member said:

I work as a Community Nurse, until,last year full,time which usually was in excess of 40 hours a week. I work 30 now and get Personal Independence… read more

posted over 2 years ago

Does anyone have severe neck pain?

Does anyone have severe neck pain?

I've had RA for nearly 30 years, several surgeries, and have been on many different meds: currently, prednisone (married to it), Orencia, and Methotrexate. Neck pain started several months ago, specifically, the joints behind the ears. My Rheumy injected my trigger points, and it worked for a few weeks. Following a very relaxing cruise, I developed severe headaches and neck pain. Had MRI, x rays and just had a CT scan...my cervical spine is in bad shape...rheum. changes....oh,… read more

A myRAteam Member said:

barbaraf I have been on prednisone, methotrexate but the longest has been Humira. I stopped prednisone because I was blowing up like a puffer fish. Got… read more

posted 3 months ago

Working out?? I have heard swimming, Pilates, yoga etc. but I don’t want to overdo it. What works for you?

Working out?? I have heard swimming, Pilates, yoga etc. but I don’t want to overdo it. What works for you?

I went from working out nearly everyday to barely walking. How do you find a balance? I haven’t been able to work out in a month and my body isn’t happy.

A myRAteam Member said:

Water therapy is the best, especially if you can find an indoor salt water pool - just walking in the pool helps a lot.

posted 10 months ago
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