Hi, I have had RA for 4 years and was originally on Plaquenil and Methotrexate. I may have lost a little hair from the metho, but 6 months ago I started on Embrel and its seems my hair has thinned enough so that I can hardly pull it together in spots to cover my scalp. So two weeks ago my Rheumatologist did a blood test for Hypothyroid and lucky me I have it, so now I am on Levothroxin. I have the propensity to thin hair from my mothers side of the family, so am I doomed?View Thread
Before I was diagnosed with RA in 2010 I had been having a chronic cough that my pcm narrowed down to be a type of adult asthma. My last prescribed medicine was Singular, which I have been on for 5 years. I went off the medicine a few times, but went right back into having a deep bronchial cough. I went back on the singular, but have been having the coughing come back on me in the last 3 months, but this time it has been accompanied with coughing up a thick mucus(sorry). I have hypothyroidism now too, plus sica syndrome,and meds that cause dryness, so a lot of things that cause a dry cough. Okay now finally to my question. Is there any reason with my symptoms that I could developing RA in my lungs?View Thread
I have had RA for four years now, and it is difficult to adjust in the beginning, but knowledge is the key. Write down your feelings and tell these things to your RA Doc. I have recently started meditating, which my RA Dr. told me about and it can help you feel better mentally. Don't read too much on here or you will get depressed, its best to ask your Dr. about good literature about the subject. Exercising positive thinking will help too, DON'T let negative thoughts bring you down. God bless you and keep you.View Thread
Hello to everyone. . .I am getting ready to start embrel sureclick this week. I am anxious and hoping for the best. The side effect story kinda scares me a little, but seems like slim chances. Any good positive stories out there anyone would like to share???View Thread
I have been having elbow pain in both arms ever since I stopped taking methotrexate, it hurts on the outer elbow bone, the inner side of my elbow, the outer side of my wrist and into my little finger. My R.A. Dr. said the elbow isn't typically an area affected by R.A. It just seems that since both arms are having this same pain what else coulld it be?View Thread
Thanks for replying Crystal. I guess I am just out of remission right now. I was diagnosed in Feb. 2010 and it started in the palm of my right hand just below the index finger, so they put me on Plaquenil, then about three months later both arms started, my jaw and ankles, so thats when they put me on MTX. I was good pretty much pain free for most of the three years I've had it,then this last December my RA Dr. took me off of it. . .guess he felt it was too strong or something, now here I am with this nagging elbow issue. I have used voltaren gel on them(from Dr.), Aleve, Ibuprophen, and acetametaphin, but not much helps, dulls the pain a little. Boo hoo, lol!!! I need to adjust, because right now I supposedly just have low grade RA. Thanks for replying. . .just needed to vent : )View Thread
Thank yo for replying. I have had RA for 3 years, hard to believe. I supposedly have low grade RA, but at times I think, if this is low whats down the road : (. I was basically ok till I was taken off the MTX and thats when the elbows gradually started hurting and in the same way yours do. The Nurse Practitioner put me on the injections, but the Dr. took me off of it, I think he thought it was too hard too soon or something, but now I'm back with pain. It does hurt in my mucsles and tendons. Weird disease, one day its worse on the left arm, then it goes to the right arm. Sorry I'm sounding to gloomy, kinda wears on you after a while.View Thread
I think the tendons and muscles hurt and are inflamed too. See I was on mtx injections because the pills upset my stomach and the RA Doc took me off of mtx my last visit. I was doing very well on the mtx, but I guess he thought it might be too hard on me. I have had the elbow/forarm pain ever since. Of course when I went to him last my arms didn't seem to hurt that day, he had me push, pull, and twist and I didn't seem to have any issues that day, but the pain isn't getting better, its actually getting worse.View Thread
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