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    Staci0820 posted:
    I just learned that I have RA. I need to know if I should just deal with the pain, take the steroids when I cant talke it, or start these Meds I scared to take. I am 41, I dont know what to do.
    knispese responded:
    Hi! I would highly recommend taking the meds that you were given. I am 19 and was diagnosed in 2011. I was very scared and nervous to take the medications and it got really bad really fast. Its best to treat RA as soon as you can. The earlier the better! Hope everything works out "661
    LadyNerilka responded:
    Definitely start the meds as soon as you can. The damage done to your body by RA is irreversible so you need to combat the damage as much as you can. Take the dosage at the frequency your doc prescribed for best results to prevent damage and keep pain at a minimum. If you have insurance I would suggest even looking into biologic drugs, the newest development in meds for RA. We are lucky to have them as an option. Good luck!

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