I'm new to the forum and have just posted a huge hello in the 'Saying Hello' thread. I won't bore everyone with the details of my case again. Suffice to say that I think I have some form of RA although I'm yet to be officially diagnosed. Specialists have told me they suspect it and I seem to tick a lot of boxes I see online.
What I was wondering is how normal does life become once you take the proper meds? I'm 38 and up until my first symptoms last year, I led an active lifestyle and was a keen on being outdoors a lot whether hiking or on my mountain bike. I have 2 young children who I want to be as active as possible with (certainly more than I have been recently!) The worst of my pain is in my shoulders and right foot. It has gotten to the stage that I struggle to carry my 5 month old daughter and it's upsetting me a lot. I've also been feeling down about not being able to take my 8 year old son out cycling.
I work offshore where we have a good gym and over the last few days I've been doing a few gentle sessions on the exercise bike. It's the first exercise I've done in a year and I feel really good after doing it and possibly a bit less sore (maybe in my head?). Can I improve things if I exercise more? It's a struggle to get the motivation to get up and do it even though I know I feel better afterwards. If I knew I was helping myself by doing it, it may make it easier to drag myself down there.
Anyway, thank you all for being here. I think if, like I fear, I have RA, I'm glad I found this forum and look forward to contributing and benefiting from the support contained within.