@ellenh I was diagnosed several years back. My RA here at the University, never said firmly that I had RA. It drove me nuts. Then she found something questionable in my blood work. Still no firm words and I asked her, whats up. She was sending me to an oncologist. She prescribed Methotrexate pills which made me so sick. I could not eat and spent my time in the bathroom. She then prescribed the a shot once a week of Methotrexate which I give myself.
Two things have happened. My RA is getting worse. I am so tired all the time. MY body aches in the morning and after I take my dog out for a walk, I hit the bed for at least an hour to let the stiffness try to calm down. The only pain med I take is Tramadol. It does little, but at least it helps some. My spine dr told me to add 2 Advill along with one tramadol. I have to admit, it helps SOME. The oncologist told me that I am about 1% blood cancer. I forgot name of this. I am 76 and I told him that ok, I am not taking any precautions to end the cancer should it take off. My body and my mind cannot take anymore. When I lived in Oregon, I used Marijuana (oil). It worked and I was able to go out to lunch with my friends, church, everything. Texas Marijuana is illegal and I am suffering for their stupid law People who do not understand what Marijuana does for me should keep their mouth shut until they try it. I pray I get some relief, soon.