Nicky81 Member Posts: 3
edited 28. Nov 2023, 14:10 in Living with arthritis

Hi all iv recently been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, I’m really struggling with pain in my shoulders especially at night which is affecting my sleep! Are there any tips that I could grab at that will help ease the pain? I am in pain medication as well as methotrexate but up to now nothing seems to be helping 😟


  • Tom
    Tom Member Posts: 523

    Welcome to the forum, @Nicky81 81. You should find it a friendly and supportive environment where you can get advice and tips to help you.

    I see that you have been given a recent diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis. You do not say how recent, but it is important to realise that any medication can take 2 to 3 months, or possibly more to become effective.

    Here is some information on your condition and tips to help manage your daily life.




    Best wishes and please let us know how you get on.

    Tom, Moderator.

  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 27,600

    Hi there,

    I've had RA for years and take methotrexate and hydroxychloroquine for it. I wonder how long you've been on meth. It can take up to 12 weeks to work. In the meantimè it's just a matter of pain relief and gentle range of movement exercises. Shoulders are really tricky things to get comfy. Maybe carefully arranging pillows?

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  • Nicky81
    Nicky81 Member Posts: 3


    was only diagnosed last month been on methotrexate for 4 weeks so really recent diagnosis. Just had my pain meds changed as was on tramadol and it didn’t agree with me. Now on dihydrocodine and paracetamol which seemed to work a little last night didn’t wake as much during the night and didn’t wake up as stiff this morning so fingers crossed it carries on this way. 🙂🤞