Been to see lower body Ortho Surgeon today, after x-rays and MRI scan, left knee shows cartledge damage, but fortunately for me, not enough for a replacement, as yet. I am told this will be become inevitable. I was told to "keep healthy" - how do you do that with RA? Use a stick, although he understands a lot of people my age (57) would not like to do this, and wait for more damage to unfold! Great! Muffin.