have always been a very active person and not one to go to the dr. or really big on taking any medications. I was diagnosed with ra about a year ago and went from sane to insanity in a world I just don't understand. From no meds to being on a cocktail of 4. methotrexate and prednisone being the latest to join in the party. My husband is very supportive but its scary for him too. Most of the rest of my family dont really understand what its like and I'm the type of person I don't really talk about it because I don't want to sound like i'm complaining. This last flare really scared me because it hit all my joints for the first time. the thought that this is what the future holds is unimaginable. I'm sure that there are other people in my community that have ra but I haven't met any. Am very interested in any information and how other people have come to terms with this disease. I am 52 mother of 4 and grandma to 2. I want to be around a long time to enjoy them all and to be able to do all the things grandmas are suppose to do. Am also very interested in alternative treatments to relieve the pain and to help keep this disease at bay.View Thread
mike, thanks for the support. am very interested in the meditation for the pain and also heard that it will help with the sleep problems but don't even know where to start with that, any help on that front would be greatly appreciated. it is nice to know that I'm not alone in this and that there are people living full lives with this every day. glad your trying to get off the oxycontin I know thats not going to be easy for you after being on it all this time. have had experience with that with my son. i will keep you in my thoughtsView Thread
hi, thanks for answering. the comment you made about what ra will do to you in 20 years if not treated really hit home. I never thought about it like that before. the meds that the dr has me on are hydrozychloroquine,diclofenac sodium,methotrexate and predisone. going in on monday for a deep tissue massage. it is suppose to help with the joints keeping them flexible. will let you know how that goes. thanks for making me feel not so alone. if i can return the favor just let me kno;wView Thread
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