Are there other members like this. I have lots of discomfort and sleep problems but not the severe pain that many endure. I take no prescribed drugs for my RA.
May 10, 2021
Hi I know you're waiting for other members of the community who might have that experience, but in the meantime I want to say that RA impacts everyone a little differently. Perhaps your RA symptoms manifest itself in a more mild way (though discomfort and sleep challenges are often very difficult). You may have seen it already, but if not you may appreciate our new hub on all things sleep. It might help you better understand and manage some of the sleep issues you mentioned! https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/fatigue-tired - Reggie (RheumatoidArthritis.net Team Member)
May 11, 2021
Hello!! I think I can understand where you are coming from. I am lucky to have been diagnosed very early on and was able to start taking medications right away. I think that it is because of my early diagnosis and treatment plan that my symptoms stay mild to moderate rather than severe. I have definitely had bad BAD flares to a point where I could barely eat/walk/move but when I am well managed with medication, my symptoms stay on the side of discomfort rather than pain. I get very stiff sometimes sitting or lying down which can make sleeping hard for me as well. I however feel very very lucky that I do not have severe symptoms like some others that I know. Always remember that everyone is different and that even if your symptoms are mild, they are still valid!!
May 28, 2021
I am similar. The pain isn’t horrible, it’s the plethora of other symptoms that had me see my doctor. I only casually mentioned the pain and ended up finding out I had RA. But I am on meds for it as I have much inflammation throughout my body and the arthritic component is indeed starting to take its hold.