My family keeps telling me you have got to quit having surgery! I've had 20+ surgeries in the past 17 years. I only found out about the. RA in the last several years. My doctor noticed my right hand was. drifting to the right, my fingers point to # 2 instead of being straight, the strength has failed in them, thank goodness for the electric jar openers! I had a total knee done in 2000, coming up in the 19 th I will have my right knee replaced. After that I am up for tilt all jaw replacement, then comes the reverse rt shoulder replacement. I've already had 3 rotator cuff surgeries on my right shoulder. With the connective tissue disease I never know when I will tear another tendon. My adult children do not understand how much pain I am in since I look fine. I live alone and I've had to get off my medication to prepare for the surgery, my hand hurt terribly, my back has flailed up, at 67 I feel like I am 100, my shoulders ache and my legs hurt, why do we keep going when no one cares?