What percentage of people with RA, taking medication, achieve full remission? How many achieve partial remission? How long does it take to get there, if ever?
Hello and thank you for the question. I do not think anyone knows and for some obvious reasons. First remission is not completely defined. Here is a good discussion of remission from the arthritis foundation.
There are others and definitions have changed over time. But far more important than definitions, I have found it is really defined on an individual basis. In my 20 + year journey, I have felt I have made it to remission at times, only to be pushed back many times when my medication has failed.
Other times I have felt that remission will never happen. This usually happens when my joints swell for no apparent reason.
Finally, I do not know of any one place that keeps close tabs on this, largely because of the reasons stated. It is mostly a personal definition.
My own definition is I am in remission when I can sit on the floor and play with the grandchildren. Because of prior damage, I do not regard being pain-free as an option. But like I said many people would disagree with my definition.
Thank you both for your response. I realize everyone is different and there’s no real answer to my question.
It’s so difficult to know when I’ve achieved the best possible response to my medication. My numbers look great, I look normal but my fatigue, brain fog and what I call “ping pong” pain is still there. Not as bad as before but it’s there and it limits what I can do.
I am grateful to not have a lot of joint damage but I wonder does anyone ever feel like their old self?
I am working on being grateful for what I have and thankful that it's not worse.
Further in the thread you asked "does anyone feel like their old self". Honestly, no, never did. Yes I went through the grieving process as it was explained to me, the "lose of myself", it took time and anti-depressants, which I still take. But today 20+ years later I am so happy I did not go back to that 30yr old mom of 2, wife of 1 and animals, working crazy hours and running around with my head chopped off. There is many negative things about RA but there is some positives too. I have 2 beautiful adults, 2 in-law adults, 2 grandchildren, 1 hubby, 5 fur-grands. I get quality time with them. Have learned not to be stressed over little things and have learned how to manage the "big things" a lot better. Be more patient with myself and others, enjoy the little things life offers, from cloud shapes to achieving a new recipe and more! , they are really truly amazing things that my 30 yr old self never noticed.
I so wish you the best in seeking the answers you desire and the best hugs to help you on your journey.