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Hi, I posted last week about my positive RF and high CCP labs. I have an apt with a specialist in Bangkok, where I live, for Aug. 5, where I will get scans. I am trying to prepare myself mentally for all of this. My main concern right now are the drugs. Being that I have no pain or stiffness or swelling, in less I drink alcohol then I'm swollen all over for days and stiff in the legs from my butt to my feet until I sweat it out. I run and lift weights and have the little nagging pain here and there which is normal enough. If I am a symptomatic and doe have this disease are mess absolutely necessary? I understand they are to help with stopping the damage to joints and pain. Could I have joint damage and not feel it? Like most people new to this, the drugs seem horribly bad for you. Are there any drugs that don't completely knock you down? If the inflammation is not present in bloodwork do you need to take these drugs? Any advice or stories about the earliest onset of RA symptoms and drugs that have not wrecked you are really needed. Thank you.
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