At Christmas Dec. 2006 I was told I have RA from a rheumatologist, I started out with the flu like symtoms and pressure points all over my body and most noticably the extreme fatigue. My right hand and index finger were severely painful by May of 2007 my right shoulder began giving me problems and I couldn't move my arm over my head and also have been continuously experiencing extreme fatigue. I changed RA doctor due to marriage and relocation. The new doctor gave steriod shots in the AC joint and around the rotary cuff also did ultra sound at the time. She recommended seeing a physical therapist for 2 months. At this time I have completed the therapy, but did not receive a certificate of graduation for the therapy. It helped the motion but have not been relieved from the pain in the AC joint. They recommended a MRI or surgery.
I have two questions one: Due to the constant pain, what pain reliever works best for all of you. I try to stay active but the pain and fatigue make it impossible some days. Currently I am taking Tramadol, Skelaxin , and a very good husband.
I haven't been working since mid April and I'm sure I could not have keep up the 8 to 5. My other question is how long does a flare last it seems I have damage to the right side of my body, or will this continue to leave pain where ever it decides to touch.
I would be encouraged to know the process the disease normally takes. I am also currently taking 12.5 mg of methotrexate. Thank you all for the info.