Its a bit too early to post on the impact of Cimzia, but I was well enough to go out for my grandson's birthday at Chinese dumpling place. So - some progress. However I did experience quite a bit of difficulty using my chopsticks. Right hand is still quite inflamed and weakened by these 10 months of confusion. Has anyone else had any surprises like this after a 'pause' in treatment. I wonder how Chinese people manage with RA?
Chopsticks and RA: Its a bit too early to post on the... - NRAS
I haven't had this trouble with chopsticks because, even in the NYC Chinatown dumpling place we went to twice (loved it so much) where there wasn't a non Chinese face in sight - they offered us cutlery and we took it. I used to use chopsticks pretty efficiently but my hands are now so weakened by RA and neuropathy that I wouldn't trust myself with them for anything requiring strength.
However I did get a similar shock to this when I was away south at a birthday party two months ago and was asked to chop a cabbage. I usually hand the harder veg chopping to OH now but sometimes chop a savoy, carrots and onions okay using the knife the OT gave me. But this was a white cabbage and as you know they are extra hard to cut. Anyway out of the blue both of my hands seized up with pain radiating through my knuckles and I couldn't even start to chop this wretched cabbage so I had to ask someone else to take over. I'm sure they thought I was just being a wuss but top 'n' tailing strawberries was infinitely preferable!
That's really positive news Cathie about your cimzia, hope it continues to bring some relief. Well impressed with your chopstick attempt, I'm struggling to hold a knife and fork at the moment. Interesting what you say about the chinese people with R.D. Just read that in China they use White Peony root extract for the treatment of RD. I am sure their treatment plans are completely different to over here.