I've been thinking about trying a new RA Dr. All the stuff I've been reading always speaks of this wonderful "relationship" you should have w/ your Dr. (Which only makes since seeing how often I'm there.) And how all these treatmt options should be available & discussed to not just make life bearable but to ensure a greater quality of life. And when I ask my Dr what my options are his reply is that I should file for disability now & that they don't perform surgery to increase mobility just decrease pain. Maybe that is true but how do you tell someone that's not even 40 yet that they should pretty much just give up?! Is this that great re pore they speak of?? Or am I being unrealistic? I hate the thought of re establishing w/ a new Dr (I've been w/ this office 9 yrs). But I can see my hand/fingers starting to turn & typing is difficult & writing even more so. Isn't there something that can be done before the damage is too great or is this what the mean by "suffering with RA"???

Please tell me about your experience, diagnosis, RXs ect...
Thanx!!!