Getting a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 19, is no picnic. For Dana Symons, it was scary. However, early treatment with methotrexate (Rheumatrex), a disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD) helped her manage symptoms. “I have a flare now and then, but I am able to maintain most of my functionality and live a pretty normal life,” she says.
On the everyday Health web site, read her story and why scientists now believe that the earlier somebody with RA starts treatments with DMARDs and biologics, the better.