what a wonderful attitude you have! that'll be your best asset believe me!
of course you probably already know that Rheumatory Arthritis is a chronic progressive disease. so the likelihood of being on meds for the duration is high.
the great thing is that it sounds as though your case of RA was caught fairly early?
a lot of trouble will be prevented just by that! so that's a great thing.
the rheumatologist you see will help guide you in starting a medication regimen depending on the severity of the RA. immuno-suppressants, DMARDs, TNF inhibitors, and biologics are the drugs that actually HELP RA. NSAIDs, though they help swelling & pain do nothing to slow the progression of joint disease.
depending on how your rheummy practices...he/she might start you on some pills, or might want to start you right away on meds like Enbrel or Humira.
it takes some getting used to, but coping & learning to live with RA will get easier as you get to "know" it better. sounds weird but kinda true.
i'm not too into herbal therapies...but i do believe in the following to help RA a great deal: Cumin, curry, cinnamon, green shelled mussels, MSN, Omega fish oils.
and of course...lots of lovin' from your hunnie!
i'm your age too...and have been dealing with RA for a looooong time.
glad you found Healing Well! oh...and feel free to join in on our "Moanin'" thread! (you too MomwithRA!) it can get quite humorous...we basically wake up & gripe, LOL...our goal there is basically get a few chuckles in.
you take good care!
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Active Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. Crohns Disease. A.Chiari Malformation & right brain venous anomoly. Partial Complex Seizures (under control!). MVP & Tricuspid Valve Prolapse. Rheumatic heart & lung. Previous Lymes Disease for 10 years.
Meds: Remicade infusions 300mg Q3weeks; Intra-articular knee injections when needed; Mercaptopurine 50mgQD plus 75mg weekly; Mesalamine 4GramsQD; Prednisone 10mgQD mantainance; Entocort 9mgQD; Meclizine; Augmentin; Tigan 300mg; Reglan; LidoDerm Patches; Diazepam 5mg for AS back spasms; Rozerem 8mg; Dilaudid 4mg tabs for pain.