Hi everyone I was diagnosed with RA last August, given a steroid injection and put on methotrexate and hydroxychloroquine. The treatment I had at my local hospital was excellent, seeing the consultant, rheum nurse, physio and occ health etc but I actually thought from all the info I was given that when the meds started to kick in the pain would go and I would be pain free and able to get a night's sleep and be able to start to live again. Am having a particularly bad time at the minute so contacted my rheum nurse. Apparently my inflammatory markers are ok but I have as much pain, if not more, than when I was first diagnosed. I don't understand why as I thought that the pain was caused by inflammation so if there's no internal inflammation why is there pain? Am told there's no benefit in increasing or adjusting my meds but they'll refer me back to the physio and occ health. Honestly can't see the point as I have compression gloves and splints and sheets of exercises. Am fed up taking painkillers that don't appear to work and not keen on going to the Gp for very strong painkillers that knock you out as I need to be able to work. Please can someone tell me what makes the pain go away as my hands, fingers, wrists and feet are so painful. Thanks to everyone who answered my question about travel insurance before. Like others, I'm new to this. You're all so helpful and it's good to know that you can ask anything and get straight answers!