My doctor does not use a pain scale. He uses a percentage scale. He says our goal of treatment is to stop the progression of the disease and to feel 80% better from when I was first diagnosed. He was very glad when at my last visit I reported feeling 70% better. I, on the other hand, broke down and started crying. I couldn't share in his excitement. 30% of intense pain, soreness, and stiffness is still a big amount, in my opinion.
My rheumatologist also says that my feeling of extreme fatigue and inability to keep up in my fitness classes and with my running has nothing to do with my RA. This is making me feel a little crazy. And a little depressed. This is as good as it gets?