My OH was diagnosed with RA last June with RA and he's in his mid-thirties. We had a pretty rough year last year with it but now he's on triple drug therapy and his symptoms have seemed to have settled a lot although he still has inflammation in his knuckles and pain in his wrists. I'll admit I was completely knocked sideways by the diagnosis as you think of RA as an illness you'd get later in life and I initially struggled worrying how his health would be in the long term. He's a self employed manual worker and currently we have to take it one week at a time as RA still seems to be throwing a spanner in the works whether it be flare up of inflammation or side effects of the drugs.
I suppose I'm just wondering if there are other people on here diagnosed / living with RA in their "earlier" years and whether you've got a stage where you live an active "normal" life with the right medication?