Hi everyone, I'm so glad to have found this site after 8-10 years of RA. I've been having the worst few months since diagnosis. A car accident in February caused a massive a massive flare up of everything and continuos back pain. Finally got back to work on reduced hours after 10 weeks of rest. Now I have tonsillitis which has caused a worse flare than the accident, once again I am off work, and I've had to stop all my meds! starting to feel like the RA will never go back in to any kind of remission. I'm only 26 and terrified I will have to give up work. Has anyone managed to cope with the RA and the effects from the meds and stay in full time employment for longer than 10 years?