New RA Blog: Managing Rheumatoid Arthritis

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I’m Matt, I live in Omaha, NE. I’m 33 years old. I’m married with 2 daughters. I love the women in my life, hockey, skiing, golf, hiking, biking, camping, fishing, hunting, softball, football, baseball and cooking.

I have RA. And it sucks.

I was finally diagnosed with RA at the tender age of 26, after spending nearly a year as a human pincushion and lab rat for half the doctors in Omaha as they ran test after test after test and couldn’t come up with anything. So, after failing to categorize whatever it was that hurt so bad, they said “You have a high Rheumatoid Factor, so I guess you have RA. Here’s a referral.” Really? I didn’t buy it.

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  1. Matt

    Thanks for the link RA Guy! I really dig your site and what you have done with it and although it sucks to meet under these circumstances, I hope you all the best in the future!

  2. Jo

    I was digging around on the web to find more info on RA n came across your blog. I’d love to share under what circumstances you were diagnosed as I too was diagnosed at age 25.
    My blog: www.

  3. sheryl


    At this present moment I am having horrible pain in my finger joints. We are trying to arrange the methotrexate to help, but presently not doing anything. I am looking to any suggestions to help relieve this burning, throbbing, aching in my fingers and they are inflammed(hot). I have had cortisone injections into them but don’t want to do them too often. I know many of you out there with RA experience this-so tell me what can I do? I have too many things that need to be done in life, and do not like getting depressed about this pain!

    Thank you

  4. Beth

    Hi, I’m new here and wish you all the best in feeling better.

    According to my doctor I don’t have RA, but feel I have a lot of the symptoms. Family history paternal grandmother; pain, swollen and tender skin around joints on elbows and knees; lose of flexibility in fingers, wrists and knees. I have been having the joint symptoms for over six months and thought it was from an intensive gym class that I’ve been taking. But after giving it up, I’ve had no improvement.

    Most recently I had a full week of what I think was a flare, at which point I went to the doctor. He did order the necessary tests, which all came back within normal range except that I’m anemic. I checked with him on the results and he said I need to be on cymbalta, which I’m pretty sure is an antidepressant.

    I have ongoing back pain issues, so I think he’s just blowing me off and basically thinking I’m a hypochondriac. It sounds like a lot of people have had a hard time in getting a correct and timely diagnosis and wondering if you have any tips on what I should do next?

    Thanks for your help, and wishing you all the best!

  5. Beth

    In reply to Sheryl – my dad has osteoarthritis in his hands and wrists. He uses a hot wax machine (it has a different name) and dips his hands in as warm as he can tolerate. After a couple of days, it tends to get better. Just thinking it may help you?

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