I'm another new person to this site and have been reading other peoples blogs, so thought it was time i joined in too. It's good to hear from other people with similar symptoms. I was diagnosed with RA in September this year, after having trouble since April , starting with tendonitis in my ankle, and then lots of other pains, especially when I got up from sitting. I had a couple of steroid injections which helped a bit now, am 1 month into sulpha......can't remember how to spell it. and so far it is okay, I really hate taking tablets! still got lots of aches and pains but was told it would take several months before it kicked in. At the moment everything hurts, especially my knees last week when it was really cold. Not sure where it is all going, finding things tough at the moment, trying to ignore all the aches and pains and sorting Christmas. So anyway, just wanted to say hi and join in.
Recently diagnosed with RA - this is my first ventur... - NRAS
Welcome to the site and to us folk who also have problems with aches and pains. we know exactly how you feel the sulphasazaline should work after about 8- 12 weeks so you should soon start to see an improvement x
Hi, I was diagnosed in October and am currently on 20mg of MTX (Methotrexate) and 15mg of pred (steroid) I am having lots of pain in my knees hands and feet and recently flared but off to rheumy nurse this afternoon so hopefully will get sorted. Hope you have a good christmas and the pain eases for you.
Is with some sadness that I welcome you to our site, because it means that you are not well as you said.
Here, you'll will find the people who understand you the most, as we are united by a common disease(s). To be honest, I can tell you that I don't like to refer the RA as a disease which it is, however when people are ignorant about it, they think disease equals to contagious.... silly, we know.
Anyway, I think the medication prescribed to you is Sulfasazine and if this is the only one you take, is not a bad perspective and maybe your RA is in a very early stage, which is a lot easier to control and even start in remission.
From my heart I wish that for you, remission, in fact to all.
Otherwise, than our maladies, you are so very welcome and remember that you are never alone.
Recently, we agreed that will be great to meet for a pampering weekend, but after the Christmas of course.
I'm in trouble with my RA with a painful , nasty flare up. Tomorrow morning my rheumatology Consultant will see me, she always does.
I'm in a lot of medications and in July I started self-inject Cimzia and it seems that should be miraculous, however is not working for me.
Anyway, I know she'll take good care of me and this give me comfort and some hope.
Please, ask anything you like and I'm sure that we all feel happy to help based on our own expriences and knowledge.
All the best and take care. :o)
Welcome to the site! Despite being a long-time sufferer, I'm new to the site too and have found it a godsend, especially on the down-in-the-dumps days. Hope your meds start taking effect soon. We're all different but I find on the really achy days the only thing that gives temporary respite is to wallow in a lovely warm bath - the heat seems to seep right into the old joints. In danger of growing fins at the mo
Welcome!! I'm Shirley, I was also Diagnosed by my GP in the middle of July, But it was confirmed in September by my rheumy, I have also just started my meds Yesterday, So legs crossed at the moment i have no side affect, Really sorry you have had to Join this site, But it is so reassuring to know that there are people that you can moan or just chat to, or even have a good old laugh,
Everyone on here has been really supportive, take care and keep warm, I went shopping yesterday and left my gloves in doors, so i am paying for it today :(shirl xx
Hi Warthog 100, I was diagnosed in Feb this year, started off on MTX but I didn't take to that, it made me very sick and white blood cells kept dropping. I'm now approx 12 weeks into Hydroxychloroquine which seem to be working (fingers crossed) but everybody is different. I struggled enormously emotionally when I was first diagnosed but with the good advice and support of fellow sufferers on this site that keep me going on down days. I also have found a support group near where I live, which helps me too. The best advice I can give is "know your limits" and don't push yourself. RA is like being on a rollercoaster ride, but never being able to get off !!
Take care and hugs
I am new to this site as well but not unfortunately to R A. I love this site and everybody on it is so friendly. I have learnt so much abou RA by reading people's blogs. Everybody on here is an absolute godsend. Thanks everybody. Once your medication is sorted Sue you will feel so much better. Keep visiting, you will always be made very welcome
Lots of love Karen x
Hi there ,RA is a horrible disease ....but I have now finished my meds of methotrexate after 5 yrs Itook myself off them moved to the the country make sure no one stresses me out any more..............and my rheumatologist is supporting me too ....hope you get to this stage ..keep STRESS out of your life if you can xx
Rather than try to reply to everyone thank you all very much for being so welcoming and reassuring etc My dad also had RA so I am now beginning to understand what he went through, some days he couldn't even walk, I am nowhere near that stage. Walking is the one thing I really enjoy and thanks to a steroid injection still managed some shortish walks on holiday in Pembrokeshire this year. I look forward to being a part of your community. Thanks Sue