hiya im new on here. im 43 and was diagnosed with RA about 18 months ago. looking back i think ive been suffering for a lot longer than that but id put the aches and pains down to getting older and only went to the docs when it got too bad. my medications dealing pretty well with the pain. i do get bad days but i guess thats to be expected. the thing that really does get me down is the tiredness. i used to be really active but nowadays i feel so worn out most of the time and fall asleep at the drop of a hat. i often go into such a deep sleep at times that i sleep through the alarm clock going off and the phone ringing right next to me. i used to be a fairly light sleeper and would wake at the slightest noise and be up to start the day at 6am . oh how i wish that was the case now. i feel like lifes passing me by while im fast asleep. from what ive read on here the tiredness seems to be a common problem yet my doc just shrugged it off .