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How fast did your RA progress?
just4kixable posted:
How fast did your RA progress? At the time you were first diagnosed and then later on, did it change?
Do you have nodules? If so has anything helped?
Do you have RA factors?

I got in to see a specialist/rheumatologist a month ago he says I have RA and sent me away with a prescription for Meloxicam (twice a day) and a request for more blood work and an x-ray.

The medication does help but I'm still in pain, swollen, and hands are so stiff in the morning I can't hold a spoon or brush my hair for at least 3 hours after getting up.
Whats worse is I've start developing hard lumps on my fingers and hands that get worse by the day, starting to kind of twist my fingers at the joints. Even on the best days my hands don't even look like my own anymore.
I have been trying my best to hold out until my next appointment but concerned about permanent damage. My appointment is in 7 days, Ive considered going to clinic in the meantime but would they even be able to help me?
Sadie98 responded:
Hello, I got RA 2 yrs. ago and I am just now having bad trouble. I use a lot of natural supplements and they work to a point. I can take any of them with my medicines so far. I will have to go on a stronger medicine soon. Fish Oils are great and so in zyflammed too. I use both of them daily. Check with your doctor to see if you can take them. I hope this will help you.
DJoun949 responded:
I was diagnosed with RA at 19 years old and have suffered with it for 19 years now. It progressed very quickly...within 6 months I was fully bed ridden. My case is rare and chronic, and has never gone into remission. I even had a child and it did not go into remission while I was pregnant. It actually got worse and I had to deliver early. Then I almost died because I broke several bones, from the extra Prednisone I was on, along with the depleted calcium from the baby. All the meds caused my intestines to weaken and I ended up tearing my stomach lining and had to have an emergency colostomy. This disease can be very harsh.
crostimare responded:

My dad used to have RA since he was in his 20s and been coping with the symptoms until now. He is already 57 years old. I believe that patients with RA can conquer the symptoms with the right therapy and treatment. Don't lose hope. Think positive that you will be healed, and don't give up with your therapy and treatments. Most doctors recommend treatments like prednisone for arthritis (source: )

..There are also other meds prescribed for lumps and pain relief. But have your doctor check you first to ensure you are safe in taking these meds.
fordownr responded:
Your Dr told you that you have RA and sent you away with an NSAID???? OMG, please find a different Dr NOW!. Standard treatment is methotrexate with possibly a burst of steroids to get it under control, THEN start with the biologics.
I had symptoms for 2-3 years before a major flare (on our 30th anniversary vacation no less) got my Dr to test for RA factor. Sent me to a Rheumatologist and am on the third set of meds in the last 3 years. Can't do methotrexate, it puts me down the day after I take it. To answer your questions:
Fairly slowly until the big flare. Stabilized with the meds. Major Fatigue and moderate pain.
RA in very insidious, you can be fine for awhile then get slammed.
No and Yes
You need to get on the reight meds and fast before any MORE damage is done.
jackann replied to fordownr's response:
I am sorry to hear about you having RA. I have had it for over 15 yrs now. Be careful as to what meds you take since they all come with a price. They help the RA but may damage your stomach, lungs, etc. I have recently been told I have interstitial lung disease which the doc believes is caused by my RA, but also can be caused by humira, and methotrexate. Nothing can reverse it, but steroids, which I cant tolerate in high dosages, are used to slow it down. I have handled this disease for a long time and with meds been able to do almost everything I want. Take the meds such do your research. Good luck

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