Here is some information on RA symptoms that you might compare to your own experience. The best thing to do would be to consult your doctor about what is causing your pain. Please let us know how you are doing.View Thread
Here is a news piece from late last year that discusses sugary drinks and RA that says that women who drink one or more sugar-sweetened sodas a day might raise their risk of getting rheumatoid arthritis but does not prove cause and effect. The link above has more information. View Thread
I think that it would be best for you to speak with your doctor about this worsening pain -- he/she will be best able to determine if what you are experiencing is a normal reaction or if some change in your medication needs to be made. This drug result contain some of the common side effects of methotrexate that you might want to look through.View Thread
This article has some information for treating and avoiding leg cramps that you might try. I would continue the stretching as it is one of the methods for getting rid of muscle cramps explained here . I hope these help! Please let us know how you are doing!View Thread
I am sorry that neither of your doctors seem to understand what you are going through or know how to help. Have you thought about seeking an opinion from another RA doctor in your area if possible? Your doctor should want to work with you to provide the best possible treatment plan.
Wearing long sleeved shirts and applying sunscreen are good ways to avoid direct sunlight. You can also wear a hat with flaps or a wide brim and sunglasses to keep your neck and face protected. I know that gearing up to go outside is challenging, but it is certainly important as I am sure you know. Scheduling your walks/runs for times of the day when the sun is less harsh may also help limit your exposure.
As far as the beach goes, wearing a long sleeved surf shirt will protect you from the sun while allowing you to still enjoy the water, and setting up a shade tent to sit under or a large beach umbrella will help. Please let us know how you are doing!