Hello Dragonfly x:D
Welcome to the forums from me too.
I think you did very well for a first attempt I am sure you'll be ok.
The most used forums are Chit Chat and Living with Arthritis. The former for mostly non-arthritis chat and some games. It includes a virtual café where you can pop in for virtual and calorie-free food and drinks x:)
Living with Arthritis is where we go for help advice and support. It's a great resource and whatever your problem there's usually someone who has experienced it before and can reassure you.
Take care now
Hello, it's lovely to meet you but I am sorry you have had to find us. It's a little quiet around here at the moment due to the festive season, arthritis and the stress of this time of year are not happy bedfellows! I have PsA, OA and fibro plus a very heavy cold so I am staying in bed - luxury! I am sure you will soon get the hang of the forum, practice makes perfect. x
I wish you well and hope to see you here and there around the boards. DD
Hi people, I am new to this site and not finding my away around very easy, here's hoping with time I may learn to use it.
Hey, I think you're doing really well with the site. Our webmanager and Moderators make things as easy as possible for us while trying to include all the relevant stuff but, even so, it takes a bit of getting used to at first.
I think RA always comes 'out of the blue' though anyone with a family history of autoimmune problems is more likely to get it than those who don't. My parents thought I was making a big fuss about 'chilblains' on my fingers until the doc got involved.
I, too, take a combination of meth and hydroxy and do very well on it. Meth, in particular, can take up to 12 weeks to kick in and a starting dose isn't always one that will hold it. There's a lot of trial and error. Meanwhile you have already discovered the good and bad side of steroids. They're good insofar as we can feel cured almost instantly. They're bad because stopping them is difficult and it's not a good idea to take them long term because they thin all body tissues not just the inflamed ones. When do you see your rheumatologist again and for how long have you been on what dose of meth? It will all have a bearing on how you feel.
Are you being too optimistic in hoping the pain will go once you're stabilised on the right dose of the right meds? Weeell, I think maybe a bit For most of us it's a matter of deciding what level of pain we can tolerate. You might get lucky if yours has been diagnosed early but most of us have had times when the pain was bad but the blood results near perfect :roll: Arthritis World is a weird and wonderful one but you've come to the right place as we all have to live in it and understand the frustrations of it.
Please ask any questions you have and we'll try to answer them. Living With arthritis is the best forum for that as more people look in there. I'll look forward to seeing you around