I have been having a flare up recently, particularly my wrists and feet, but also what appears to be tendon or muscle pains between my left wrist and elbow. Not sure if it could be related to the elbow joint replacement i had 7 years ago, bot that's another story.
I was reading up about RA/RD -causes, symptoms, treatment etc., and read that there was strong evidence to suggest that smoking was a trigger, even if after stopping. It makes me think that I only have myself to blame. Even though my symptoms started some 12 years after I gave up smoking (which was 30 years ago), it was probably a strong contributing factor. I wish young people today could realise the damage they are doing. It's not just heart disease and cancer they should be wary of, but a lifetime of pain and disability!