Hi I'm new and just like to introduce myself. I was diagnosed with RA about 2 years ago and it came as quite a shock - never had any serious illness all my life.
I am retired and used to lead an active life (walking, gardening, car repair), now I'm struggling some days to do basic activities, but slowly adjusting to what I can do.
My first symptoms were sore elbow / shoulder joints, it then progressed to wrists, knees, hands and some muscles.
Recently lost the use of my extender muscles in the right hand, the RA specialist (is that the appropriate use of the term) was not very helpful, but the RA physio gave me lots of useful info and a splint that has helped. The function is slowly returning now after about two months, thank goodness as I'm right handed.
Anyway, still learning lots about RA and treatments, my symptoms now are much better than previous. I look forward to keeping in touch with you on this forum.
PS my meds are Quinoric (2 x 200 mg), Naproxen (2 x 250 mg), Omeprazole (1 x 20 mg), Prednisolone ( 5 x 5mg decreasing to 1 x 5mg) along with different analgesics.