For pain. Blessed with RA

Hi, I’m 69 years old and found out I had RA 5 years ago. The Drs and I believe the meds I took for Spinial stenosis had been masking the symptoms for some time. Prednisone for a year left me with 50 lbs that will not go away. I have had one total knee replacement need the other one done and was recently diagnosed with tarsal sinus syndrome. I take Humira methotrexate and folic acid and tramadol for pain. Seems, I sleep less and less and of course the fatigue is horrible.

All that being said, after reading the stories and forums on here I am blessed. I am still able to do most of my daily chores, sit on the floor and play with my great granddaughter and get up by myself! I still plant in my garden and do the vegetables and the yard work. I still drive my 4 speed corvette to car shows with my husband and even enjoy a day of target practice with family and friends now and then. Of course there are days nothing gets done but then the flares go away and for a little while I feel almost normal.

So, yes I have RA and while it’s horrible, at this time it doesn’t control my life. It breaks my heart to read the stories of the suffering on people on here and I know that it could someday be me. Yes, I have ra but I am blessed.

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