Patient Comments: Rheumatoid Arthritis - Experience

Please describe your experience with rheumatoid arthritis.

Comment from: luvlabs, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 23

I was just diagnosed with RA last week. I am 40 years old with a family history of RA(father). So far it seems to only be affecting my right foot. My foot has hurt for a long time and over last winter I noticed that the toe above the sore joint was starting to curl in. My rheumatoid factor/ana/ccp were all elevated. I am about to start taking Relafen.

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Comment from: Kit, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 18

RA was a shock. I had been having sore hips, elbows, hands and shoulders for over six months before it got to the point that I couldn't sleep. Drugs are helping ease the symptoms but I still have "migraines" in my joint and a lot of fatigue. I use to do triathalons and marathons, now I'm happy to go hiking once a day with our dogs. This condition is rough not only physically but mentally and emotionally as well.

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Comment from: Susy Q, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 12

Rheumatoid arthritis is a very depressing illness, with no end in sight. As well, a very isolating disease, as it robs you of participating in 'normal' activities. Being somewhat of an invisible disease, some people don't tend to understand your limitations. RA robs you of many things that most people take for granted.

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Comment from: camason24, 7-12 Male (Patient) Published: October 31

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) caused me to be hospitalized due to an inflammation in my hip that was fixed through surgery. I had surgery on my mom's birthday. It was pretty hard, but managed. Extremely painful, but Aleve usually did the trick.

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Comment from: faithful, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 18

For my rheumatoid arthritis I am taking Remicade every six weeks and Metrotrate seven tablets a week. My hand still hurts so bad that sometimes I can hardly get through the day when I get home I am so tired I have to take a nap. Not doing the best right now looking at giving up working for a awhile.

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Comment from: David, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 18

I am on Ultracet (37.5 mg Tramadol) two pills, three times a day, and Ketorolac three times a day. This has helped me a lot and I feel good. Please check your doctor to review your condition. I also eat less meat and eat lots of fruits, vegetables, all kinds of berries, and nuts. With these medications I am active and doing well. Good luck!

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