Hi everyone! I am 60 years old, was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in June of 2011, sent to a specialist who further diagnosed me with Fibro in Nov of that year. Prior to that my GP put me on Arthrotec, then Celebrex, sent me to a psychiatrist (pain specialist) & a neurologist, to no avail. The first rheumy gave me prednisone shots in my shoulder (as that was my first pain that sent me to emerg & afterwards could not move it at all) That did nothing. I changed my rheumy who put me on Plaquenil, which I was very allergic to & broke out in severe hives all over my body. This past Sept 2012, with both shoulders now in excruciating pain & very limited range of movement, an MRI showed signs of inflamed bursa... so the new rheumy gave me a cortisone shot in both shoulders. What a relief! It's not a permanent fix & can't be given regularly for the pain, but has sure helped for the last 7 months! My right knee & left foot are now starting to ache on a daily basis, so will be heading back to the rheumy again soon. He tells me that methetrexate is the next medication in the line of defence, but I have decided to put that off as long as possible because of the side effects of that drug. My pharmacist suggested a number of vitamins that I should be considering (V-D, V-B12, Calcium, Magnesium, Omega 3 & I also take Caltrate Plus due to my advancing years). We also have an outdoor pool & a jacuzzi tub, which I use regularly to keep moving. I've learned my physical limits, when to stop & rest when I need to. My frustration comes with my doctors not being willing to sign any disability papers for me, as they say they can't prove "severe and prolonged" as required by our CPP disability here in Canada. I will never work again as I can't sit for long, stand for long or even sleep for long.. so also suffer severe fatigue at times. Thankfully I have a totally understanding husband, altho he doesn't understand the disease. I have learned to accept my diagnosis, have learned to pace myself to keep moving when needed, have educated myself & have experimented on what works for me when needed. But still learning new things everyday!