Hello and welcome! I am a fellow RA patient and can sympathize with your agony - although I haven't had any joints replaced - that sounds brutal
I completely hear you about trying to do more than just survive. It's my goal all the time too. I started taking actemra a couple of years ago and that combined with the autoimmune paleo diet has really given me my life back, but now I feel so upset about all the years I lost. I think it is wonderful that you have a husband and a child, I missed out on that and really regret it. And your victory is not minor!! Getting up and down from the floor is a tough task. There were years where that would take me a hour to do if I dared try it.
Take that prednisone taper very slow. It's tempting to try to get off fast, but I really got burned doing that. Have you had any issues with your withdrawal?
I don't think I live like other people yet. But I am soooo much better than I was I still plan my activities around my energy level and am very careful not to overschedule. A couple of days of overscheduling can leave me exhausted for weeks. Do you struggle with fatigue too or mostly pain?
Congrats on finding primal - and welcome!!