Here is the RA link to my favorite site for explaining some of these things, the Mayo Clinic.
Click here to read my post about RA.
What does RA feel like you may ask? It hurts, plain and simple. Your joints are stiff and immoveable and they ache, constantly! For me, it feels like the joints in my hands and feet are being pressed between two boards until the pressure becomes pain. The inflammation is not confined to those joints either. It spreads through your body until you feel extreme fatigue. You’ll find that with auto-immune diseases fatigue is a common thread which means that, if like me you suffer from more than one, the fatigue is seriously debilitating. I feel achy all over, like I’m coming down with the flu, only I’m not really. The hardest part is that some days I can’t accomplish the most simple and mundane tasks like buckling my shoes, zipping my coat, or even doing my hair without feeling as if I’ve just run a marathon. At least if you run a marathon you get a nifty medal at the end and the feeling of self satisfaction that comes from a great accomplishment. The most I get from taking ten minutes to buckle my shoes is the knowledge that they won’t fall off while I hobble to my car.