Welcome you two!
I'm sorry we have to meet on such 'painful' circumstances. I hope you can find some solace here with the people on HW. They are a great bunch!
I'm another newcomer, but an oldtime RA sufferer, for over 18 years. Even with meds I have the occasional flare up, so I truly can sympathize with anyone out there who suffers from PAIN. I had tried most meds without much success (though methotrexate seemed to help for a while and I know others who do well with it) until Enbrel came along. I even tried bee sting therapy for over a year-yep-bee stings, over 1,500. I'm on Enbrel, two x a week (though I only do one shot a week if I can get by with it), and Arava. I don't like to think about side effects, but dwell on quality of life at present. The hardest thing is to keep moving, but it makes a difference.
I check out a great book on arthritis-Strong Women and Men Beat Arthritis. I have found that exercise and strength training have done me a world of good the past 8 years.
I just got a new puppy who makes me smile, but whew, it's hard to get the joints moving fast enough to get him out the door when he needs to go!
A lousy way to make connections, but great to be able to talk about it....I'll be back!
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Caprie...Thanks so much for the reply. I'm glad to hear that methotrexate worked for you, even though it was in the past. And good to hear that you didn't suffer side effects from it, other than a little queasiness the following day. I hope I can do as well on it.
Eliznel...I just read your post, and understand methotrexate also worked for you for awhile. I know you've had RA for a long time, and I'm very sorry to hear that. You sound like a fighter, and that's what all of us here have to be. I'm beginning methotrexate in a couple of days, and would be interested in hearing how you tolerated it. I think my main fear is infection. I already have diabetes, and have struggled with infection because of my compromised immune system. Any info you could give me on how well you tolerated it would be helpful.
To everyone here...it's great being able to come here, read the posts, and know that others are here for support...people that know, and understand, and are fighting for better lives...or better quality of life. Good luck to all of you...Michelle
Michelle-I was able to tolerate Methotrexate fairly well, with no side effects, much like Caprie. It was several years ago-If I recall correctly-I did have to go in to the lab quite often for blood work. I really hope you find some relief. Chronic pain is no fun, and the depression that comes with it. I had no problems with infection. Let us know how it goes.