I was diagnosed with RA in December 2009 after months of misdiagnosis. Like most of you I have experienced this condition as really shocking, painful, restricting and it made my live thoroughly miserable. Affecting not only me but everybody around me as well. In the last few months my condition has improved considerably. I am very lucky that the joints in my hands and fingers are now the least affected, but my main problem are still my knees and to a certain extend one of my ankles. This stops me from doing all the things I loved doing most. Walking, cycling, swimming. The specialists and nurses seem to focus on hands, wrists and upper body joints, which is understandable in a way. When I press them on what can be done to improve the knees, they appear quite non-interested. Has anybody had a similar experience? Does anybody know about depot steroid injections into a knee? Any tips or exercises to improve muscle strength around the knees?
I have much more to say and am very willing to help others in any way I can, so more another time. Be positive!