I was diagnosed with rheumatoid in my late 20's.....28 to be precise. At the time of my diagnosis I was going thru a divorce & had 2 children under the age of 5!! When my condition was diagnosed a consultant at the time told me it could have manifested itself through stress. To this day I don't know how true it is.
I am now 52. Both my children have flown the nest. I have had 2 joint replacements within 7yrs, my hip isn't happy my left ankle isn't happy but over the yrs I have learnt how to befriend my condition. That's all you can do to get thru each day :)
When was your last flare?