Cuddles! Sorry to hear your disease progressed so rapidly. I hope you are seeing a specialist for RA. Biologics should be the first medicine of choice as the usual they put you on, methotrexate, take at least six months to start working. You need agressive treatments to stave off permanent damages. When I first got RA, it was 43 years ago and they didn't have these wonder drugs out. So I have five artificial joints. I can only imagine what my life would have been like with them back then. I have tried the glucosamine supplements, but they didn't do much for me. They may help you as they have some people. Good nutrition is essential in fighting this disease for sure, making sure you get all your vitamins and minerals and especially calcium and vit D. One thing I learned from a pharmacist was never take your extra calcium with a multivitamin or it won't absorb, also only take 500 g at a time. The biggest advice is always keep moving, do what ever you can. If you give an inch, this disease will take a yard. Physiotherapy treatments and exercises have been a life saver for me, make sure you are seeing one. All the best with your weight loss and managing your condition.
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hi Cuddles, I"m Cynthia, one of the Team Leaders. We are really glad you decided to join us in our fight to maintain our mobility and to lose some of the bulk we are moving around! I have PsA (Psoriatic Arthrtis)--also an extremely severe case. I"ve had bilateral hip replacements and am soon (God-willing) to have two shoulders and two elbows replaced. I have a lot of trouble with infections which makes medicating me and operating on me very risky.
Thank you for sharing a bit of your story with us. Please join us in our team's Daily Chat where we get to know each other a bit more...and share our triumphs and yeah,sometimes we whine---but the good thing is that we've all been there; done that....and we can all relate to WHY the need to moan.
Welcome to the team. It does help to have others to talk with and ask questions. I've been dealing with this over 20 years and just since I joined SP I have seen an improvement in my life that I never dreamed. The Chair Exercise has really helped me too. There is life after this mean guy RA. Welcome
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Happy to have you here! This is a great group and we've all had a lot of the same health experiences.
I'm 63 (almost 64) and I've had RA for 12 years, very severe and fast-moving at diagnosis. I've tried lots of different treatments. Currently I'm on Remicade IV infusions and my doc's about to add Methotrexate back to my med list. I've had all my weight gain since my diagnosis - and much Prednisone treatment.
I just found sparkspeople.. I have had RA for 10 years. I am looking to found out more about natural help and diets for both RA and weight loss. I know my doctor said I had one of the fastest moving cases she had ever seen.In June I did not have it. By December I could hardly walk. Swift. I would love to hear from you ..cuddleswddles1
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