I am new here as I was just diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis my symptoms have been gong on for about 6 months I would wake up with swollen hands it first stated in one then both then I noticed both of my knees were real achy and my hips now my lower back has been giving me a lot of pain. Yesterday it was my shoulder for the first time. I have never been in so much pain in so many different joints. Yesterday I took a nap with my 1yr old and woke with blister type sore on bottom of my feet. I'm 34 mother of 2 I'm going to college full time I have 1 yr left and I'm wondering how I'm going to do it with so much pain. I still don't think it has hit me yet that this is not going Away. I'm scared. Please let me know the pain will get better do they have pain meds out there they put me on methotrexate once a day 15mg. Will this help?