one question - where did you find this? I'd like to look into it some more.
one of the "interesting" aspects of this field is that rheumatologists has spent a lot of time defining RA, which is a good thing considering how difficult it is to diagnose. However, doctors seem to use your own definitions of remission, which confuses it even more. You may want to read Dr. Mark's post about remission - it's quite good.
Thanks for posting this. It was great information!
This is a great article, Suzzy. The more I know, the less I know. Seems like the medical community may have the same problem.
On a personal note, I really don't know what to expect or hope for at this point. Honestly, I just take each day as it comes. I try to do some good in this world every day. That is about it. I can't make the RA go away, but I have decided not to obsess on remission. I will do what my doc says, and see what happens. The drugs are scary, but since I have no quality of life at all without them, I am thankful they are available to me.
I wonder whether I am considered mild, moderate or severe. I would guess moderate. I have many joints inflamed, swelling in tissues other than my joints, and I cannot fucntion very well at all w/o pain meds, NSAIDs and prednisone. I am hoping the MTX helps, but I understand it may take three to six months. Again, one day at a time. I am just so thankful to be relieved from pain w/the prednisone, if only for a while.
thats the way i feel through the years i really didnt hurt much at all always thinking it was in remission then it took just moving my foot wrong an here i am now this RA is very scary an meds and all we just try to do the best we can an hopefully we can walk or even enjoy our day with easy amount of pain i read an article that RA has been around since the 1400 i well try an find that again