I've been on spark people on and off for 3 years, and am just starting another on stage. I've had RA since I was 15 (24 now) although it spent several years in remission. Mine doesn't follow a lot of the traditional RA trends (most of my painful joints aren't symmetrical, my "flares" stay pretty constant as long as I'm not in remission, and I'm generally not too fatigued).
I was very into running late 2010-early 2011, but got out of it when I got married March 2011. I tried to start again, but the RA decided it wanted to come back with a vengeance. Whereas previously it was mostly just my hands that hurt, it's now in joints all over... My old rheumatologist wasn't doing very well for me, and even told me once "I don't know if what you're feeling is actually arthritis" after months of sulfasalazine and prednisone (low doses) weren't helping. I got put on a 5 month waiting list and finally got in with a new rheumy who actually looked at my blood tests (high sed rate, RA factor, and etc. with everything that shows RA), and she has been so amazing with working with me that I just want to hug her!
I'm now on methotrexate and it's doing wonders for me. I find myself able to exercise again for the first time in nearly a year. I'm not really overweight because I eat healthy, but I am very out of shape. I am alternating the 30 day shred and yoga, with many modifications of course, and taking my pups on more walks, and just taking everything as slow as I need to. I'm really glad to have found this team, and hope it will give me more motivation to continue on with things!
Anyway, with that LONG intro, hi everyone and I look forward to getting to know y'all!
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