I have had RA for almost 10 years. I was diagnosed in 2007. If you can do your job without accommodation do not tell your boss. If you think you will need accommodation check out the Job Accommodation Network (goggle it). This is a web site supplied by the EEOC which show the types of accommodation you can ask for. It will depend on the size of the company you work for if they are required by law to provide the accommodation. If they can show it is a financial hardship they do not have to and if they have less than 15 employees(I think) they do not have to. With the first Hospital I tried to do accommodation I was retaliated against and eventually fired. This is illegal but you have to be proactive and take them to court if you want anything done about it. This hospital bet that I would not go to the trouble. They were wrong. There are a lot of medications out there that will help. Prednisone helps but is dangerous long term even in small amounts. If you take it in small amounts you still get the side effects it just takes longer. Most other medications for RA take 2-3 months before you see the change. Your Rheumatologist is very important. If they do not listen to you find a new doctor. It is too important that they address your concerns. One of the first things my new doctor check with me was my vitamin D level. If you have not had this check do it. Low vitamin D causes an increase in the symptoms of RA and fibromyalgia. I took a RX strength vitamin D and when I got up the next day I no long had fibromyalgia. Studies have shown that up to 80-90% of the population has low vitamin D and the medications we take for RA makes us at a higher risk. Most the the infusions are obtainable without insurance through the medication company programs. Your doctor will have to check into it for you or you can check on line. Try to be very clear with your family that you live with that your restrictions change from day to day. If you can do a thing you will and if you are not doing it you cannot that day. I have learned that I pay for what I do. I do not always feel the pain when I do something but I do feel it the next day. It help you to identify what you can and can not do. Some times it is just a matter of not doing it for so long a time. May the Lord Bless you with the knowledge you need to make it through.View Thread
Toss those slippers to the side, and don't even think about barefeet! Try using a hard sole shoe. Such as a clog. I have a lot of pain in my feet and knees in the morning making it had to walk but i have found that if I slip into a hard sole shoe it gives me the suport i need to get around in the morning. Now getting out of bed dosn'r seem so bad.View Thread
I am recently diagnosed. Started Methotrexate 3 weeks ago; along with Prednisone, and Folic Acid 8oomcg. Battled terrible nausea after taking Methotrexate; my Rheumy now has me take Leucovor the morning after I take the methotrexate, and it works!!View Thread
Hello-new to the group. Dx'd w/RA about 4 mos ago, but suspicious for at least 2-3 years. Feet, I believe, were my first symptom, hands tend to be the worst now, then elbows and knees, but oh well. Just wanted to chime in that what a lifesaver it has been to me to have orthotics made for me. He must have done a great job because they are very helpful. I can last for a tiny bit of time in "other" shoes and I do have full gym shoe types and "dress" shoes types, but they help tremendously for me. It used to be difficult for me to even take a step out of bed and now, provided I wear them consistently (which I do, about 95% of the time), my feet feel quite ok. Not taking any treatment for RA yet (long story) but orthotics for the moment, have helped my feet. The rest of the joints, of course, another story.View Thread
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My Dr. doctor asked me a year ago what was my secret in having come so far with my RA and fibro....4 years ago I was walking with sticks! My at the time 23 year ald daughter and I were diagnosed 1 month apart with RA. I told her that Cognative thinking, reading, and walking have been big factors, also, I take Cybalta, Neurotin, and now Humara shots. The biggest thing though...rmoving the stress from my life!!!! So...your job is causeing you great stess I'm sure, raising children is also a big stressor. you can apply for SSI and still work part time, say 4 hours a day, you will have to check. Both my daughter and I are on SS disablility, she had spent 8 years in college with only 2 credits left to get her degree....I am 52 now. Only you can make your own choices in life....do you want to contiue to feel the way you do or would you like to start moving again? Believe me, as someone who work 50 to 80 hours a week myself...its not worth it!!! Good luck with your choice.View Thread
My Rheumatologist recommends NOT taking the folic acid the same day as I take the methotrexate. She said it interferes with the methotrexate. So I take the Folic acid all on Friday and the Methotrexate on Sunday. In reading other posts about methotrexate side effects I realize that I'm very lucky - I've never had any side effects. And I've been taking it for well over 15 years. Who knows what condition my internal organs are in but my RA is under great control.View Thread
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