I feel so alone in this venture, not knowing what to expect. My family does not have, or possibly never realized that they too had RA. Many in my family have OA but that is not what scares me. Everything I have read about RA, the disease itself the medicines to treat it, how much my life has changed in just a short 2 years. I have joined a gym a couple of months back. Even before I was dx I knew I had something, and suspected it was RA. I had done a lot of research on my symptoms, and had a RHuematologist who didn't listen. I felt like I had to gain my own information. Now I go to my new Rhuematologist, the one who actually did the right test and came back with the positive Rhuematoid factor along with bone scans that showed inflammation in all of my joints. I don't know what to expect. He wants to discuss a strategy to start treatment. I don't know what is best, even after all that I have read. My husband and 5 kids are very supportive, along with the rest of my family. When I bring up my fears though I know I go on and on because at this point I have no answers. I know this can wear on them. I want to feel better. Not go in to work exausted from the night of painfull sleep. Come home and play with my kids like I once did. Will it ever get better? Are there any meds that are safer than others. I don't know. I am still in limbo.