Hi, I've just been diagnosed with RA. Steroids have reduced my inflammation (tho it feels like its coming back) and i have now started on mtx and hydroxychloroquine. I asked my consultant for a referal to a physio because my work is very physically demanding ( I'm a joiner and i build and install outdoor play equipment in schools). Not been working recently tho! He said i don't need one as i exercise (swim n cycle) Funnily enough cycling is my way of getting about when my feet are too sore to walk! Swimming keeps me sane! I'm worried about my ability to lift anything, struggle with a spoon at times! so really want to get some advice about weight bearing exercise, I used to go to the gym regularly. Has anyone else struggled to get a referal? is it worth insisting on? This is all so new and i feel a bit lost!!!