I am 60 yrs old and was dx'ed with RA probably about two years ago although I know its been going on for decades, literally. I see a RA doc probably about every three months or so and this guy is a quack. He tells me that the deformities in my hands are not from RA. He says the intense pain I live with every single day of my life is not from RA. I take Enbrel once a week and that is it. He will not prescribe anything else. This last visit, probably about two weeks ago he did put me on a prednisone taper and for the first time in literally years I was actually almost pain free. Well, now I'm at the end of the taper and I hurt worse than ever now. So much so that I made the comment that I can't imagine living any longer like this. The doctor is a DO type dr and I don 't know if that makes a difference or not.
Someone please tell me, what kind of pain do you live with daily. What types of medications do you take? I'm in tears today because I had so many things I wanted to get accomplished this weekend and it isn't going to happen. I hurt too bad. Even my guts hurt.