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  • By sgbivens749

    Hi everyone! This is my first post. So glad to have found this site! I am 31, got diagnosed with RA at 29. I am currently taking Methotrexate, Prednisone, and Meloxicam. I started working full time again a couple of months ago so I can get on insurance to start Humira. Anyone have any thoughts on Humira? I am having a very difficult time trying to work full time:( I am a nurse at a nursing home and it is very hard on the body. When I get home I am exhausted and feel like I’ll never get enough rest or to spend time with my kiddos or husband. Right now, all my joints except my hips and elbows are stiff and swollen. My neck is the worst. Sorry to vent but no one really understands what it’s like to deal with this. Thanks for listening!

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  • By KB253

    @sgbivens749 Hi, when I have days like that, I take a long shower (30 minutes) to help with the pain; dinner is easy: pizza, soup and sandwiches; and I put stuff on my list (chores/errands) that I’ve already complete. 🙂

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  • By sgbivens749

    Thanks! I do try to take long showers and they do help. Thank goodness my oldest is really good at making grilled cheese sandwiches:) I use a heating pad and heated blanket a lot as well.

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    • By CaseyH Moderator

      Hi sgbivens749, we’re so glad you’ve found our community! You are ALWAYS welcome to vent here whenever you need! You are not alone in this, friend. I commend you for going back to working full-time so you can get the coverage you need to try a new treatment. Especially in such a selfless and hard-working field! You are awesome!

      I hope you are able to find some relief soon, and please keep us posted on how everything is going. We’re thinking of you! -Casey, RheumatoidArthritis.net Team

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  • By Richard Faust Moderator

    Hi sgbivens. Sorry you have been struggling with the stiffness and swelling, but glad you have come to this community for information and support. Thought you might be interested in this article which compiled thoughts from the community on pampering yourself during a flare: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/loving-yourself-during-a-flare/. In addition, in this video one of our contributors offers her ideas on taking care of oneself: https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/video/love-thyself/. Wishing you the best and know that this community is here for you. Richard (RheumatoidArthritis.net Team)

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