Hi There, I agree that there is little out there re: the muscle pain associated with RA. I was diagnosed over 3 years ago and have learned over the years what to expect and what my triggers are. First of all, extreme stress, over doing physical activity, travel or sitting for long periods of time causes stiffness and achiness, and will cause fatigue and muscle pain/tension. I have found that consistent moderate exercise/movement will help to reduce symptoms. Stretching out the achy muscles and getting the blood flowing especially after a hot shower first thing in the morning helps a lot. Mornings can be tough and the shower with stretching really helps me.
I find my greatest challenge is trying to explain the disease to friends and family. The fatigue can hit hard and I do not think most people understand that part of the disease. Good luck. It is a challenge, but a manageable one. I have a friend with ALS and that has put RA into perspective for me.View Thread