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Just diagnosed

I have just been dx with RA. Scared of course and wondering about life what will come next? Looking back, I think it has been trying to come out for about a year now but I just didn’t know what was going on. I had to wait for Medicare to kick in before I could see a RA Dr. I am currently taking MTX (2.5mg 7 tabs a week) and naproxen (375 mg) each am or as needed. I have read much about curcumin and other natural supplements and am wondering if these are effective. I have taken MTX just 3 times now and so far I have not experienced any side affects.
This drug sounds really scary but I understand that it is for the best? I am wondering how this disease will progress or if it can be stopped in its tracks and things won’t be so bad, I pray for the latter. My hands, shoulders and wrists seem to be the only areas affected right now and I fear not being able to hold my grandchildren. I try to keep a positive attitude but find that difficult at times. I’m looking forward to finding some information and support on this site.

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  • Tiptoetammy17
    3 years ago

    Hello weezy65,
    My name is Tammy and I was diagnosed with RA when I was 2 years old in 1992. I am now 26 years old and I have had RA for 24 years. I know its a little different from your story but I just want you to know that there are lots of natural remedies you can take to help your RA. I am also taking Methotrexate and also take folic acid for the side effects. I am also on Humera and that works well for me. I mean I have my good days and I also have my bad days. When it comes to RA its really unpredictable. I just want you to know that this is a great community and lots of people can help you. Its great that you are reaching out for help. Its nice knowing that you are not alone. I keep up on my RA research because there are all kinds of new studies and theories that can be helpful. Having RA can be very frustrating at times but it can help you become a stronger person. I have a few stories on here and feel free to read them and many other stories have helped me. hope all is well.

  • Carla Kienast
    3 years ago

    Hi weezy65. I can understand how scary this (having been through the diagnosis myself). As Richard pointed out in his comments, the disease affects people differently and I know lots of people with RA that have a full, active life. In my opinion, the main thing is to build a treatment plan with your doctor that works for you. Keep in mind that RA changes over time so it’s important that you and your rheumatologist discuss any changes in how you are feeling. One of the greatest things I’ve found is the sense of community here with people who are always willing to listen and to help. Please do check back and let us know how you’re doing.

  • Richard Faust moderator
    3 years ago

    Sorry to hear about the diagnosis weezy65. One of the first things to think about with a new diagnosis is the relationship with your rheumatologist. Here is a couple of articles from two of our contributors on issues and questions to keep in mind for the doctor:

    Concerning your question on natural supplements, you may want to take a look at this article from our editorial team on natural remedies, supplements, and vitamins:

    Please know that you are not alone with the concerns you express concerning progression of the condition. They are understandable and natural. This article looks at some of the issues often faced with a new diagnosis:

    Progression of RA is unfortunately difficult to predict. Here is an article looking at progression and the stages and possibility for remission:

    Finally, you mention trying to keep a positive attitude and it can not be overstated the importance of this. As this article notes, research has actually shown that a positive attitude can help RA patients:

    I know this seems like a lot of information (the articles are pretty short – honest), but information is power. Know that you are not alone and the people here in the community will be here with information and support. You may want to check out the Facebook page at

    Please keep us posted on your progress. Wishing you the best! Richard ( Team)

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