Hi Pamzd. I get tight elbows which complain. I also get the pain all the way from the pinky, the outside of the hand on the pinky side, and the wrist area. My pinkies are pointing up and out this year.
My RA diagnosis was last July and I started mtx a few months ago. Did you have trouble with the mtx? It is hard on many.
I have read that RA also affects tendons and muscles. Do you think your tendons along that path are inflamed or tight?View Thread
I agree! One thing I'm enjoying is crocheting and knitting some of my comfort items. I've made some cute fingerless gloves, a pretty wrap, throws, slippers and some soft, colorful bed pads for my feet. I like using color to cheer me up.
I've been wanting to buy one of those colorful canes I see. It must be true that other people feel the same, or those canes wouldn't be on the market.
Get crafty, and perk up your stuff! Maybe you could add some rhinestones to those gloves to match a rhinestoned cane.
I really need to find some nicer, comfortable shoes that don't cost an arm and a leg. I'm discouraged that the only shoes I can wear are running shoes. Ugh.
By the way, I noticed some clear plastic zipper pill bags at the drug store where they sell those pill boxes - that seem to fall open at the worst times.
I think there is a market for happier aids. Maybe as the population ages we will see more selection.View Thread
Sorry for the new diagnosis! It is nice to hear from a concerned spouse. Your support will be tremendously helpful to your husband as he copes with RA. My husband puts up with a lot...LOL.
I started methotrexate about 3 months ago. I have minor side effects for the first three days after taking it, but that's all. I also take prescription folic acid daily.
The low dose prednisone can make us feel like athletes. It, however, is pretty dangerous to take long term at higher doses. I have a prescription for it that I won't fill unless I simply can't function at all, it scares me that much.
My doctor feels very comfortable with prescribing methotrexate for me as it has been used for RA since the 80's. Some of the other, newer drugs are even scarier! By the way, the doses we use are on the order of 100 times less than for cancer patients. I hope to never have to deal with that!
We have to balance the disease and the treatments. There is not one answer for every patient. We can always change our minds later on.View Thread
I hope it is not RA. There are many other diseases they will check for too. Be sure to keep a detailed list of your symptoms and their timing for the doctor. It's possible you have a viral arthritis that can be treated.
Take care and keep hoping for the best, no matter what the diagnosis is.View Thread
The whole diagnosis is quite scary, I agree. I think no matter which drug we try first we all worry that it won't stop the disease. Hopefully you will feel an improvement soon.
Keep looking for Mr Right. One quality to look for is compassion. RA is just a physical problem. Personality problems would really make it hard to find a guy! I do understand your fears though. I hardly have any energy and don't get out much. Luckily I've been married to a sweet man for 32 years. He has been understanding and helpful with my new diagnosis. I hope you find someone to lean on.View Thread
I also carry a Coach Maggie bag! My hubby gave it to me for an anniversary gift. I love the quality and the feel and smell of the leather but I am saddened to realize the heavy weight is becoming a problem now that my RA is getting worse.
I would find it easier to carry a bag with a large, long strap across my body. My shoulders hurt when it is on one side and my hands hurt if I grasp it for long. My arm complains if I carry it too long with my elbow bent.
I like to have a few pockets and divisions inside to keep things easy to find. I also need an ample opening to easily slide items in and out. Of course the opening needs to be securable too. I like magnetic snaps and a roomy zippered compartment to secure my wallet. I have trouble getting my wallet in and out quickly enough at checkouts. Zippers need big grippers and need to slide easily without grabbing the whole bag, but I don't know how to design that! I don't like my zippered coin compartment on my wallet at all.
I am still loving my fashionable/quality bag, but may need to fall back on an old nylon, across-the-body bag I have for running errands. I would still use the Coach bag for social events.
Thanks for working on this problem for us. I think you could sell an arthritis-friendly bag with the proper advertising. Good luck.View Thread
One thing I do know is that each case of rheumatoid disease can present itself uniquely. It can take a long time of watching labs and symptoms to get a solid diagnosis, so be patient. In the meantime, I hope your doctor is helpful in treating your symptoms until you see the rheumy. If not, you might seek a second opinion.View Thread