I have a friend with Rheumatoid Arthritis. We were diagnosed the same month. She’s afraid to take drugs. I’m afraid of not having them. If you’re newly diagnosed with RA please look into the disease modifying drugs. Most of the day I don’t hurt. It’s unlikely that I’ll need a joint replaced, and the fatigue is almost completely gone. I was terrified and I know you are too. It’s okay to be afraid and to keep moving forward. Don’t miss your chance to be well.