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  • By julioalmeda219


    i’m new to this, but got diagnosed in January this year with osteoarthritis in my spine and hip after suffering since i was 16 (now 24). Just wondering if theres anyone else with the same here, who can share what they do to ease the pain (other the tablets), and how they cope with really bad days? Finding it quite difficult to come to terms with really. i am constantly tired, which isnt helping to motivate me to exercise- got into a viscous cycle.

    editor’s note: link deleted because blog was in another language.

  • By Lauren Tucker Keymaster

    Hi Julioalmeda219,

    Thanks for reaching out and we are glad that you found our site. While we are sorry to hear about your diagnosis and pain, you are not alone. Pain is a common topic discussed in our community.
    We have a few articles on tips and tricks to help with pain, here they are:

    Community Ideas: Managing RA Pain

    Community Feedback: Combatting RA Pain and Stiffness

    I know you mention fatigue and it is certainly complex and poorly understood so again you are not alone here I hope the community can provide you with some support on this. Here is an article that may be helpful:

    Please reach out to us anytime.
    We are glad to have you here!
    Lauren ( Team Member)

  • By Anniest

    It has taken a long time for the rheumatologist to say I have RA despite having a RF of 60 for some years. My CRP has been normal but I do have a higher than normal ferritin level. I also have Meniere’s disease and Coeliac disease. Do other people with RA have any of these other problems?

  • By piilaadziitis

    I’m new too. From Denmark, 34 years old. With RA officially 2 years, but from time when i felt first unusual pain in my toe and after two days paid visit to doctor to talk – i had it from July 2013. As next two years all of them said – x-ray show nothing, we do not know. After 2 years i got tired and said that will not leave my seat till i get sent to CR-scanning. Then all came out officially. In short that’s my story.

  • By Diva55

    Hi I’m new too I just got diagnosed with RA May 3rd 2017 my RA Doctor started me on Methotrexate 2.5 mg and Vitamin D and folic acid I’m so overwhelmed I’m not sure what to say or do

  • By LeeLee70

    Hello all, I’ve been diagnosed with RA 6 months ago. I can’t seem to get a grip. I hurt every day. What can I do?

  • By Erin Rush Moderator

    Hi LeeLee70 and Diva53! Welcome! I am so glad you found this community. Being newly diagnosed can be an overwhelming time, as you both already know. Please know you are not alone in this. Almost every single person here has been through that newly diagnosed stage. This piece from one of our contributors is my favorite to share with people facing a fresh RA diagnosis — It’s full of advice that Nan (the author) would offer to her newly diagnosed self, twenty years ago. Here is another piece from one of our contributors about that diagnosed stage — I think the best advice anyone with RA will offer you is to have a good support system (if possible), to build a good, open relationship with your medical team, and to never quit fighting for the life you want. RA may try to take a lot away from a person, but many of our members can tell you that you have a lot of control over your life. RA doesn’t get decide how you live you life. It may definitely affect things every day and you may have some not-so-good days due to RA, but you will find the balance that works for you. Every person has to find the right mix of self-care and toughing-it-out that works for them. I hope you both start feeling more confident as you learn more about RA. Please know you are welcome here 24/7. We are happy to help in any way we can. Best, Erin, Team Member.