Diagnosed with RA in the summer of 2010 after almost a year of painful swollen knee. When it first started up I went to the ER because I thought that my dog had popped my knee out of place when he bumped into me. (My dog weighs over 150 lbs. so that is why I thought this) The Dr proceeded to inform me that I was overweight, old and had degenerating joints. He didn't say it like that but that is how I took it!. His suggestion for relief was to go home and take it easy, the pain will go away eventually. Finally got into a clinic(no insurance) and I got a sweet PA who actually listened to me. It still took a few months but she finally ordered the tests for RA. When she called to tell me she said that the results were "through the roof" and referred me to a rheumatologist. Now just waiting for the good days(very few and far between) and a med that will actually help. Right now it is methotrexate, plaquenil, leflunomide and steroids. I have not been able to work now for almost two years. I am in total awe of anyone with RA still working. My Dr just tells me to fill my days with something else and I should start to forget about ever working again( I was a machinist).I actually thought that I was getting better because I can now walk without crutches but Dr says a lot of damage happening. I keep telling him that I could do the commercial for Rice Crispies(snap,crackle and pop). I have had people tell me that I should not be in public because of my unsteady gait. I told one woman that I had Ra and she replied "whatever". So most of the time now I hide out away from public places and only go when I have to. I am glad to have found places like this, to actually talk to people who understand!