Been off of these forums for a long time.
50 year old male; skied 30 - 35 days a year; advanced/expert; woods; moguls; steeps; Most skiing in the East (MRG, Jay, Stowe) one to two trips out West each year.
This year after skiing my first day my knees where stiff the next day (nothing too unusual). The day after that they were very stiff (I don't usually take drugs but considered buying some NSAIDS). Third day was better. The evening of the third day I awoke in pain and the left knee was swollen (up until then there was no swelling).
Get it MRI'd and orthopedic says minor tears nothing big enough for operation, recommends rest and PT. Walking around with a cane and both shoulders are stiff, then both wrists. Mention to primary care DR (5 weeks after the day of skiing) and she recommends blood test for Rheumatoid Arthritis. I blow it off and attribute stiffness to stress. A week later I can not get out of bed. Get the blood works and visit Rheumatologist (6 weeks after the day of skiing).
He gives me an inter muscular cortisone injection, a prescription for prednesone, a chest x-ray and orders blood work. The cortisone has me up and about the next day. Blood work shows high RF (over 14 is high I'm at 301) and high Anti-citrulline (high is over 5 I'm over 100). All of which indicates RA. The fact that my joint problems are symmetrical (both wrists, both shoulders, both elbows and now both ankles) seals the deal that its RA.
Three weeks of prednesone and now I'm adding methrotrexate and folic acid to the mix.
Anyways to my question. Is anyone on the list skiing with RA?