Only beginning

Until recently I work the past 10 years as an underground coal miner in WV. I didn’t have any problems until about 2 years ago. At that time, I had no idea what was going on with my body. I thought it was just me getting older and the wear and tear on my body from my job. It started hitting me at the age of 48. Well, 6 months ago I moved to Tampa, Florida, and my flare ups had gotten worse, so I went to a Rheumatologist who diagnosed me with RA. My grandfather had it as a young man, which in time, deformed his entire body and left him in a wheelchair.
So far, the only medication I have tried is Methotrexate…. But I still have flare ups on occasion that leave me unable to walk. Hopeful I don’t suffer the same fate as my grandfather.

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