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RA Sucks!

I just got diagnosed in July. I never dreamed this could happen to me! Even though I already had osteoarthritis, I figured well that’s to be expected since I’m 62 and my mom had it too. I’ve always been healthy and active. I’ve never even KNOWN anyone who had RA!

After having ongoing problems with my right hand, my doctor sent me for some blood work to check RF which was elevated so I went to the rheumatologist. She put me on Plaquenil and after 3 months, still no improvement so added Methotrexate. Also on Prednisone. Things have escalated! My pain is now in both hands and wrists, left shoulder, right hip, and to add insult to injury, the doctor didn’t give me anything for pain. Having trouble functioning, and not sleeping much at all.

I understand it might take a while for all this to kick in, but I’m still suffering. Heat and cold, and epsom salts are the only relief I get for now.

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  • Jenn Lebowitz
    4 years ago

    Hi Judy-

    Thanks so much for sharing your story, and we are so sorry to hear about everything you’ve been going through!

    In addition to Wonderland’s feedback, I thought this article on tips for managing pain from our community might be helpful – in addition, of course, to your treatment regimen from your doctor:

    I hope this is helpful. Please feel free to keep us posted on how you’re doing!


    Jenn (Community Manager, Team)

  • Wonderland
    4 years ago

    Judy….I agree it totally sucks…lol, I may have a positive attitude but it still sucks! The pain and insomniai are the most frustrating parts for me. The best part of my day is about 11/2 hrs. After my shower because once I get started I don’t stop for at least the next 12 hrs. To busy and helps me focus on everything but the pain. When I stop….yikes it creeps in like a thief in the night. I am on Methotrexate like you, it is starting to help with swelling after 3 weeks but no so much the pain at night.
    Have you talked to your Dr. About a pain medication? Hope you’re feeling better soon.

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