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Rheumatoid Arthritis - Early Symptoms and Signs

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Comment from: remicade fan, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 22

I was diagnosed in May 2011 on my 45th birthday. I have always been very active, workout 5 times a week, I even played indoor soccer. I started having problems with my right knee, it was swelling and hard to bend. Then I noticed when I got up in the mornings my hands were stiff, I had a hard time bending my fingers. Since I've been having remicade infusions along with methotrexate I'm feeling great. I have no issues whatsoever. I'm back to working out and I feel back to my old self.

Comment from: samej5, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 10

I've read all of the posts. I'm almost 41 and I've never had any required medications or problems. BAM! Just as many of you stated: my wrist hurt for two days, shoulders were in such pain; even my hip, leg, and jaw! The pain seemed to jump around. It seemed to hit quick in my case. Maybe I just shrugged off pain prior to that. My blood work came back with a positive diagnosis for RA. Please continue to post your thoughts and experiences. I'm very active and I'm trying to stay upbeat about what's in store for me. Good luck to you all.

Comment from: Dr. C, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 27

I am a 41-year old internist, diagnosed with RA 3 weeks ago. I thought my initial symptoms came when I woke up one day with bilateral swelling in hands and arms which were very stiff and a right shoulder that was very painful. These progressed over weeks to include pain in my nape area. I was put on methotrexate and prednisone, which actually improved my condition. But the symptoms came back when my prednisone was tapered off. I guess that was done too early.

Comment from: Leticia, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 24

My RA was difficult for doctors to diagnose. My initial symptoms were tingling in my hands, and frequent bruising, and by the time it was diagnosed I was having a hard time walking. I'm 20 years old.

Comment from: G. Dallas, 0-2 Male (Patient) Published: August 03

Rheumatoid arthritis is a severe, multi-system, and inflammation related autoimmune condition that could trigger an attack to the joints. It is an extremely severe and hurtful condition that can cause loss of mobility due to the pain and joint damage.

Comment from: marybernie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 11

Started with pain in left shoulder which they told me was a "frozen shoulder". Pains then started in right wrist and I started feeling very tired and generally ill. In July my right knee flared up and my doctor told me to lose weight and just gave me pain killers. After 6 weeks of excruciating pain I found my own consultant. In September I was put on 25mg a week of methotrexate which has now pushed the RA back into remission. However the side effects of this drug are horrible but I guess the benefits of the drug outweigh the side effects. I'm now back working again full time although I do get extremely tired.

Comment from: Cristinaa , (;, Female (Patient) Published: January 19

At the onset of my RA, I had swelling in my joints and pain in my hands.

Comment from: Mississippi Lady, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

I am 46 year old female, diagnosed with RA a week ago. I've been having these pains in my feet for over a year or so, but I went to foot doctor and he told me it was plantar fasciitis. Later I started having pains one wrist and then the pain jumped to the other and then it went down to my small finger. I was thinking maybe it was carpal tunnel, but now I see all these pains were coming from RA. I usually go to the gym and work out but sometimes the pains had gotten so severe I had to slow up.

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

I was diagnosed with RA when I was 24 years old, and will be celebrating my 61st soon. I was very ill when diagnosed. I suffered weight loss, fatigue, achy joints and muscles. I also had just had my second child and never stopped post-natal bleeding for about 4 months. I was anemic and could hardly motivate myself to do anything. Over the years I have had three major flares that have really put me out of commission, but always went into remission. My last major flare was alarming - vomiting, malaise, low-grade fevers, heart racing. My doctor put me on methotrexate, the maximum dose per week; folic acid and Enbrel. Enbrel has changed my life! I hate giving myself the injections, but my quality of life has improved significantly. I can see my knuckles for the first time in many years! I do worry a little about the side effects, but so far my only problem has been slight anemia. I will continue with the methotrexate and Enbrel as long as it keeps working for me.

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