Hello ALL, I was just diagnosed for EARLY RA a little more than 3 weeks ago. I wasn't really all that scared, more like releaved. I has a positive ANA about 2 years ago and the MD I saw just dismissed me because I wasn't in all that much pain. I went back to my primary MD bc I was having some pain in my left thigh. This promted a few tests and again had a positve ANA. Although the pain in my left thigh was unrelated to the ANA my MD was still concerned and referred me to yet another Rheumatologist. I was scared he would dismiss me bc to be honest I wasn't really in a lot of pain. It was mostly in the mornings and after I sat for a while. I went to the Rheumatologist prepared for the worst and while I was there he did blood work, a nerve conduction study and A LOT of x-rays. He also put me on 10mg of Prednisone per day. At the follow up he confirmed I have Early RA and put me on 400mg of Plaquanil per day and started tapering the Prednisone (thank goodness!). I haven't really had an changes in pain or anything but I know that the Plaquanil can take quite a while to kick in. I did start doing research and found the "RA Diet" which is essentially eating Gluten and Dairy free as well as just healthy in general. I was also told to start doing a little light to moderate excersize every day to keep myself in remission. Can someone tell me, am I on the right track? I just don't want to wake up on morning and REALLY be unable to move. Thanks!View Thread
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