I am waiting to see a specialist, the doctor believes i have sudden onset RA. I have to say i had no idea how disabling this condition can be.....agony. I am unable to get out of bed in the morning my joints have seized it takes me a good hour, i have to come down the stairs on my bottom. The doctor reckons it can take up to a month to get the specialist appointment. I am 3 weeks in already so fingers crossed. I have only been taking ibuprofen and this has not touched the pain, today he has said take 500mg co codamol and keep taking ibuprofen...i am not holding out much hope......3 weeks of severe disabling pain........horrid and depressing and very frustrating. Go to bed one night normal, then the next cant move......does it get better, how long do flare ups usually last for?