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- My flares are unpredictable and disrupt my day-to-day
- My symptoms are severe and out of control – I need help
RA Can Send Life into a Spin
Life with RA can be unpredictable. There is no knowing when a flare may disrupt daily life. You may feel sad when you have to miss out on spending time with family and friends. Or frustrated when you cannot enjoy the things you love to do. It can be a real challenge to make plans – and stick to them.
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Areas of Body Affected
With RA, the immune system attacks the joints, resulting in periodic or chronic inflammation throughout the body. RA can impact any joint and typically develops in the fingers, hands, and feet. When the lining of a joint swells, it can lead to feelings of stiffness, tingling, and burning. Mobility issues could also result. Mornings can be especially challenging due to stiffness and pain upon awakening. The discomfort can also make sleep difficult, leaving those with RA feeling drained and fatigued.
How Much Do Flares Impact Your Daily Life?
RA flares can vary in duration and intensity, and can interfere with everyday activities like getting dressed or driving.
How Severe Was Your Last Flare?
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How Long Does It Take Medication to Work?
The short answer: it varies from person to person. Finding relief can take weeks, months, or years. In some instances, you may need to try a new treatment option to find the relief you need.
Finding a Treatment Plan
So, you have been on methotrexate – and now you are wondering if a change in treatment is right for you. The good news: there are a bunch of options available. However, these treatments are ever changing. Oral medications? Biologics? JAK inhibitors? It can be challenging to keep up with all the choices. That is why it is important to talk to your rheumatologist about all the treatment options, so you can determine the best course for you.
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