Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) - Introduce yourself and meet others

Let’s talk about living with rheumatoid arthritis.
As moderator of the Autoimmune Diseases group, I noticed that several people were talking about RA, but those conversations were scattered throughout the community. I thought I would start this discussion to bring us all together in one place.

Let’s grab a cup of tea, or beverage of choice, and let’s chat. Why not start by introducing yourself?

@elmay

Would appreciate having a Sjogren’s group.

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Hi @rarelybees2889 and @elmay there is another discussion on Connect where you can meet others with Sjogren's Syndrome.

Sjogren’s Syndrome – Introduce yourself and meet others – https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/sjogrens/

I encourage you both to join in on that discussion and connect with others who have similar experiences as you with this autoimmune disease.

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Hello! I'm Susanne, from Florida, and was diagnosed with RA eight years ago. I've learned, throughout the past 15 years that RA seems to come along with other diseases, doesn't it? I'm excited to see a site specifically for RA. I'm looking forward to hearing, and learning, from others on here

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@lisabeans

Hi @lisabeans, It's been awhile since you last posted. How have you been doing with your health since the COVID-19 situation started?

You may be interested in reading through some of the COVID-19 related discussions here: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/covid-19/
There is also some great information on the Mayo Clinic News Network for COVID-19 here: https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/category/covid-19/

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Thanks for asking. I'm fairly well. Trying my umpteenth medicine to control my RA. I've been working at a school full time which i love. My rheumatologist is closing his practice end of June so its like starting over now. I've been pretty much since school closed. How are you doing?

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@lisabeans

Thanks for asking. I'm fairly well. Trying my umpteenth medicine to control my RA. I've been working at a school full time which i love. My rheumatologist is closing his practice end of June so its like starting over now. I've been pretty much since school closed. How are you doing?

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I’m doing better than I deserve Lisa 😊 Glad to hear you are OK. I know it’s difficult when you lose a doctor you really like and have to get a new. I get a new primary care doc every 3 or 4 years due to rotation but my care team at Mayo does have good continuity for my care so I’ve been good with it.

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Glad to hear you are doing well and well maintained.

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@susanneloss

Hello! I'm Susanne, from Florida, and was diagnosed with RA eight years ago. I've learned, throughout the past 15 years that RA seems to come along with other diseases, doesn't it? I'm excited to see a site specifically for RA. I'm looking forward to hearing, and learning, from others on here

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@susanneloss Welcome to Connect! How did you find us? We’re not doctors or medical professionals, just a group who share what works and what doesn’t. Did anything specific bring you to Connect? Take some time and look at all the groups that are here and just dive in!

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@georgeeliot

My name is Gail.

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Hi Gail @georgeeliot, Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. We are glad you found us. Do you have any questions you are trying to get answered or any experiences to share for what has helped you?

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Two days ago l asked my rheumatologist whether l should stop taking methotrexate which, because of its impact on the immune system, may increase my vulnerability to covid19. He seemed unwilling to offer a straight answer. He said it was up to me to decide. That isn't helpful. Finally he said that the drug does NOT lower one's immune system. That was certainly news to me, having been warned the exact opposite for 20 years by a variety of physicians. But, he repeated, it is still m y decision. That's a decision I'm not equipped to make.My layperson's logic tells me that, at 79, l am an ideal target for covid19. Can anyone help me with this puzzle?

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@johnbishop

Hi Gail @georgeeliot, Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. We are glad you found us. Do you have any questions you are trying to get answered or any experiences to share for what has helped you?

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John, l sent my question 3 minutes ago.

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