After my last dose of Methotrexate, my hands are not as stiff in the morning and the is less. It is reassuring to me. My son says I have a high pain tolerance. With RA there always seems to be something going on. I call it simmering. Hands are the worst for me followed by my feet. There is a low grade aching in the morning. By afternoon I am much better. I am almost pain free. The pain is hard to manage when it is sharp. So lucky for me it is mostly simmering.
What motivates me? I completely understand that RA is a chronic, progressive disease. Without intervention, it will become debilitating, crippling and end in an early death.
I have a choice. I can let the disease overcome me. I can choose to keep the disease in check and continue on with my good life. I choose the good life. Keeping the progression in check is critical. It is possible.
The medical community can help. First having a good rheumatologist is vital. I am fortunate that I have an excellent rheumatologist that I trust. She is mainstream medicine. I know that. I also know I need her on my team.
I am team leader. I am getting a new education and will be an expert on my own RA. I have learned a lot already. As time goes by I’ll share my knowledge and also my progress. I would love to hear from others with RA.