10 Things I Wish I Knew 10 Years Ago About Rheumatoid Arthritis
4. Every day is not the same. This is good and bad. But I sure wish I’d known that the course of the disease changes a lot over time. Your RD today might not be the same as your RD in 5 years. For me that means it changes what part of me is most severely inflamed or whether it’s swollen or red or stiff. For some I know now that can mean remission, so I always hope for that.
5. I don’t have to stay on treatments that don’t work for me. I wish I would have known how long to try a treatment to see if it works. I did 6 months on some meds, and 2.5 years on another. If there are unpleasant side effects like I had, 3 months seems like plenty of time. I’d look at the clinical trial data and see how soon people tend to respond.
6. Doctors don’t know everything. I wish I knew that doctors often don’t read research and are not aware of cutting-edge research on rheumatoid disease. Much of this information is available online if we make an effort to look for it or participate in a large patient community like RAW.