Hi, my name is Connie & I've recently been diagnosed with RA but, I have suffered with symptoms of RA for as long as I can remember. Because of so much heart disease in the history of my biological family I have chosen a less agressive treatment. So far, Ive had Cortisone shots in the affected joints that seems to work fairly well. I'm also on my second attempt to find relief from an anti-inflamitory drug as the first one was not working at all. This one seems to be helping a bit more with the pain. My doctor, at one point suggested I try Prednisone but I a terrified because I witnessed the effects of the side effects from the drug on a friend. Luckily, my specialist is very patient & shares my concern in being careful when chosing the right treatment to suit my particular needs. My doctor says he will keep trying different medications until we find something that works, but has minimal side effects. I'm new to all of this & was just wondering if anyone can shed some light on what to expect since I'm already used to living with the pain on some level. The only reason I finally sought treatment from a specialist is because I am very physically active but can no longer keep up with my usual pace due to swelling & increasing pain & soreness. Not to mention being excessively tired. Anybody got any helpful suggestions?