I am newly diagnosed with RA. I woke up one morning in excruciating pain. My Rheumatologist said I am a "Marker 1" for RA according to blood tests and that was the "good news" (took 6 weeks before I could see her). Prior to seeing her, I was practically crippled in my knees, hips, shoulders, fingers and then started taking black cherry concentrate and flaxseed, with some amazing results; but not perfect of course. Now seeing a physical therapist since I have terrible pain when climbing stairs. It's helping, but I'm not there yet.
If anyone knows exactly what a "Marker 1" means, I would greatly appreciate it. My doctor was not clear on that and basically said she was done as far as what she could do for me; since she did not want to put me on RA meds.
I am thankful that I received "good news", but at times the pain is still unmanageable and have lost range of motion in my legs and arms.
Thank you and I wish you all well.