I was diagnosed almost 3 years ago with RA/RD, started with the morning stiffness then the bottoms of my feet felt like someone had beat them with a bat. As time went on my joints in a few of my fingers became larger and painful, this is when I decided to see a doctor and tested positive for rheumatoid factor. Started the medications and have been doing well up until about 3 months ago. I’m having more flares, pain has spread to my hip, shoulder and lower back. Having mild kidney pain, a rash on my lips and some on and off heart palpitations (just recently) on the last 3 symptoms. I never realized how this disease could affect even my internal organs. These are some very scary waters to navagate and I grieve for the old me. I sometimes feel alone in this journey but I keep pushing on!