I have just been diagnosed with RA today. I am 34 yr old. I have a 6 week old baby and a 4 yr old so I automatically worried about my future life style with them. I have read that treatment has come a long way over the past few years. But my main question is; even with treatment drugs will I still get pain flare ups? I’m waiting for referral to rheumatologist so would love any helpful info that you could share. I blamed all my symptoms on pregnancy so I feel I have had it for a good few months… mainly my ankles and now my fingers and wrists. Trying to remain positive and trust the professionals
I am so sorry this has happened. I have had RA for 22 years, and I still remember those first few months. The first thing is to take a breath. I am serious; sit down, watch some TV or play with children, anything but thinking about RA. Now I know you cannot do that, but trust me, someday, you will be able to do so. I promise. So please remember that you cannot because you will.
Secondly, the treatments have come an incredibly long way. It is getting even better. Tomorrow will be better still. It is never a good time to be diagnosed with RA. But today is better than ever, and here is the best news, tomorrow will be better.
It may take some time to see a rheumatologist. But instead of looking at everything you can find, please go to Google Scholar and ask your questions. You will get legitimate science if it is available. Finally, come back here often. We have a wonderfully supportive community, and we are so glad you found us.
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