By Jane Burbach
I am experiencing a flare that causes pain in the inside and outside of ankles and down the sides of feet. There’s not much swelling. It is a 24/7 thing and not limited to morning. It feels like a sprain or bad bruise and doesn’t keep my from walking, but I would not want to grocery shop or do extended walking. Feeling every step this way would wear me out. They hurt just sitting here.
Do any fellow RA people experience this or something similar? This is just an example. It seems that it is always something like this. Generally, ankles, forefeet, wrists, fingers, and sometimes knees and hips. Neck is affected too. There is almost always fatigue.
Is this normal for someone who has been treated with MTX and plaquenil for over a year? It certainly has improved since starting treatment. Maybe this is as good as it gets?
My RA was severe and fairly advanced at diagnosis, i.e. foot xrays showed joint erosion and the bones have shifted. Small nodules developed on distal joints in fingers. So maybe diagnosis and treatment were just to late to achieve remission, barring a miracle or something.
Please share what your daily experience with RA.