I hurt all day, every day. Never a dull moment. I have a rhem appt a while away, to diagnose RA, to which i am sure i have. Im curious what i have to look forward to, i read alot of scary stuff online. Does the pain ever really go away, or does it just linger? Also i have some prednisone 10mg, if i take it will it help? Ive spoken to my regular doctor, and she says no pain meds, no medicine period because the side effects are bad for my liver... and i am too young to be on such "advanced" medicines for pain. However i am really suffering, and its depressing as crap. Also just curious, how long until i am unable to perform regular tasks? I read after a diagnosis its about
10 years. Also i smoke (about
10 a day) i know i should quit, but its hard for me, Is smoking a trigger for flares? ANY input would be GREATLY appreciated. Sorry i am so new to this and i am so tired of waiting to get in to see the doc, wish the wait time wasnt so rediculous.