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Arthritis board

I am so glad I just read your post. I too, was just diagnosed with RA, and have had lupus for the last ten years. My doctor wants me to start the methotrexate, Enbrel, or Remicade- but I too am holding off because I'm scared of them!! But I am more scared of what my life is going to be like with RA- I don't want to be disabled and crippled, and I'd like to be around to raise my children and at least see them get married. I've heard that RA shortens your life span by up to 15 years. My husband is NOT being supportive, I think he is getting sick of the whole thing. What was your deciding factor that lead you to start the methotrexate, and what side effects are you seeing?