Does RA shorten your lifespan? I have it severe, my hand is turned outward. My toes are turned outward on both feet. It is getting harder to walk or stand very long. I'm getting worried I'm gonna end up in a wheelchair. I am only 53 but it started about 6 years ago but I only was diagnosed about 2 years ago. I didn't know what was going on. Finally went to the doctor. I take methotrexate, but a low dose because it elevates my liver real bad. I take humira shots every other week. I wonder if surgery is a possibility to help my feet. I don't have no strength in my ankles or my wrist. I really am afraid, I'm afraid I'm gonna end up in a wheelchair. I live with terrible pain everyday pretty much.