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    RA Health Check Assessment
    Byroney_WebMD_Staff posted:
    Dear RAers,

    I saw this assessment tool and thought it might be helpful for some of you. The Rheumatoid Arthritis Health Check will assess the severity of your RA and just how much your symptoms are impacting your well-being.

    At the end, you will get:

    Personalized information about how well you are coping with your condition.

    A tailored report you can use to talk with your doctor about the best treatment regimen for you.

    Tips from WebMD Health Experts for managing your symptoms and keeping RA from interferong with your life.

    Once you take the assessment, were the results better or worse than you expected? Did you get some tips and information that was helpful? Do you have anything to share that you think the RA Health Check missed?

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    sunsideup responded:
    I did the health assessment but it didn't really tell me anything that I didn't already know. I was curious about the symptom tracking feature, but the website wouldn't allow me to access it for some reason.
    Byroney_WebMD_Staff replied to sunsideup's response:
    Dear Sunsideup,

    Thanks for taking the time to do the assessment. I took it too, looking for the "symptom tracking feature," but it didn't show for me. Maybe because I scored differently?

    I'm giving you a link to our RA Health Center where you can find articles, news, videos, slideshows and more.

    How have you been feeling? Do you feel your RA is well-controlled?

    Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. ~Will Rogers
    sunsideup replied to Byroney_WebMD_Staff's response:
    Hi Byroney,

    Thanks for your email! Well, I'm okay. I actually have MCTD which is too rare to qualify for a community of its own! But since the drugs I'm taking are the same, and the life changing nature of the disease is the same, I've joined the RA group.

    Our weather here in NJ has been hideous, so I'm not in the best shape. But I'm totally a fighter and have had a net positive experience since being diagnosed. I swim or get to the gym everyday, have gotten over my squeamishness about taking handfuls of pills, and continue to be amazed by the kindness of my husband. So, all in all, doing well! I'm just feel like an achy grandma, eventhough I'm in my forties!! (and even close to being a grandma... my boys are still in elementary school!).

    To your question: I don't know how well the meds are controlling my disease. In fact, I'm working on developing a REASONABLE symptom tracking app that doesn't take 20 minutes to complete, so I can get a handle on my progress. That's why I was curious about the symptom tracker on WebMD. I keep going back on prednisone, because without it, I'm miserable. But the question is, why am I taking MTX and Plaquenil?

    Anyway, I hope you are enjoying your day... I'm treating myself to chick flick YEA!!! then back to the computer for more work! Best, sunsideup

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