I have arrived at this site after taking to the internet to seek other people with Rheumatoid Arthritis - I thought I was the only one and clearly I was so wrong. I've sort a lot of comfort from reading all of your posts (even the less positive ones) - it's nice to know you're all out there (as morbid as that sounds).
So it seems I should introduce myself, I'm Natalie, I'm 23 and I have only just been given a diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis. With my pain felt worst in my hands, feet and shoulders. I take Naproxen and Hydroxychloroquine daily and have just been prescribed Methotrexate and Folic Acid as my blood tests show no improvement. Needless to say my prescription is still sat on my desk - I am totally terrified of it all.
Whilst being a vegetarian for 2 years previously I've started on a vegan diet which I have found to help tremendously with energy levels. It also helps to manage my weight since I find exercise too painful at the moment. I supplement my diet with daily vitamin D and B12 shots.
I'm sure many of you will identify with my feelings of anxiety, terror, denial, even anger at times when you're first diagnosed - I've had a truly overwhelming last few months.
Any advise from your early stages of this terrifying condition is all gratefully received.
Kindest Regards, Natalie