Unfortunately, there are a lot of us fighting this disease. I would bet you do know a few, they just haven't advertised their problem. I've had it since age 16, some 47 years ago. Fortunately a lot more is available to help us now. I have been amazed to find how helpful losing some weight (100 lbs. in my case), dropping inflammatory foods from my diet (like anything sugary), and getting more active have been in controlling this disease. I still take 4mg of prednisone each day, and Enbrel shots twice a week, which also has helped greatly. Pain is no longer a big issue with me, tho I still struggle with the deformities left from when the disease rampaged unchecked. Spark has really helped me find ways to exercise that don't cause more damage, and to learn healthier ways to cook and eat, that still taste great. I am sure you will find lots of help and support, plus friendly compassion, here. Ask questions as issues arise, whether about new meds, exercise methods, dealing with ignorant family-friends-coworkers about your RAD. Just whatever comes up. Someone here will have dealt with that same issue and be able to help in some way. God bless your journey.
"Mountains DO move...One stone at a time." ~Rick Beneteau
Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. - John Wooden, Hall of Fame college basketball coach
With exercise, doing some is always better than doing none. - Spark article
MAKE THE BEST FOOD CHOICES YOU CAN TODAY - and then, try it again tomorrow!- Dr. John La Puma, M.D.
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