Hello Everyone! Well it has been a crazy time for me. This past year has been insane to say the least so let me start from the beginning. About 2 years ago (2014) I took a spill in a parking lot over my dog. I didn't think much of it. I was almost 36 and had been sore but figured I wasn't a spring chicken so it would take some time to not hurt anymore from the fall. Fast forward a year right before my 37th birthday. I was still hurting but it was getting much worse so I finally scheduled an appointment with an orthopedic thinking maybe I tore something or got a small fracture from the fall I took. So, X-rays done and I'm waiting for results. Doc walks in and says oh, this isn't good. Not something anyone wants to hear. He said you have end-stage osteoarthritis in both your knees. Your knees look like that of a 90+ year old. Yikes! So, I tried cortisone shots twice in each knee. It lasted one day each time with no relief. A couple months later I tried the gel injection and passed out with it. No relief. He said something else is going on that it shouldn't be this bad. He did a lot of blood tests on me and called me to tell me that I had a very high sed rate and I tested positive for RA. I was sent to see a rheumatologist. Between my docs and I it was decided to have surgery so I could start RA meds afterwards to prevent further damage. So just over 6 months after starting with my ortho I was scheduled for surgery. In April this year (2016) I had my right knee was totally replaced and a few weeks later my left knee was totally replaced. I started physical therapy but hurt everywhere. Mornings were getting worse. I felt like I was on fire on the inside some days. My joints were so warm my husband said I was his personal heater. I felt as if it snowed I could lay down in the driveway and it would melt. Worst part is I live in FL so it is hot and it made it that much more uncomfortable with the humidity. So moving forward a month after my last surgery I started methotrexate and plaquenil along with multi vitamin, supplements, folic acid, and a few other things. Each time I saw my rheumy my methotrexate had to be increased. I'm up to 8 pills a week now. A couple months ago I started also taking Humira. I'm still sore in the mornings and my fingers ache and still have heat but not as bad. Each day seems to be getting a little better. This has all happened over the past year. Like I said crazy year. My hair was down to my waist but started falling out and breaking a lot so I just had it cut to shoulder length. I'm hoping that being as aggressive as my docs have been for me will help me in the long run. I'm scared of this disease and what it has already done to me and what it will do to me.