Hi there. Your husband's case sounds like so many others. It can take months or years to figure out what is really going on. The rheumy sounds good in that he is starting treatments early. It will be important for your husband to be aware of how he feels over the next weeks/months. It's also helpful to keep a diary of symptoms along with activities. This will be good info for the doctor along the way.
So many of the autoimmune diseases have similar symptoms. Luckily they are often treated with the same drugs. Over time your husband's blood tests can change and provide more info. It's hard to be patient through all this!
You are being a supportive spouse. That is very important while dealing with the pain, fatigue and all the unknowns. Kudos to you.View Thread
I think the percentage of people who take mtx for RA and lose their hair is pretty low. Most doctors rx folic acid to help against such side effects. Still, some do have hair thinning or loss. Most likely it would be gradual.
Part of coping with this disease is doing things that make us feel good. I know I've changed my hair style to be as easy as possible to look good. Lots of days I don't have the energy to hold a blow dryer and brush, etc. So I recommend getting a style that is easy to care for and makes you feel good about yourself.View Thread
So sorry she is suffering so much. It sounds like her intestines were looked at. The only thing that comes to my mind is possibly ulcerative colitis. I had it when I was young and it's hard to diagnose. Now I have RA. I recently learned they are both autoimmune diseases. A rheumatologist might treat both with a biologic.
I found relief from the ulcerative colitis with a low-fat, high fiber diet. Lots of brown rice, soft cooked vegies, and very lean protein. I found raw vegies aggravated things, and fats were the worst! No fried chicken, ever again! Your mom might try things like oatmeal, bananas, hard boiled eggs, steamed chicken, cooked carrots, mashed potatoes and apple sauce for a while and see if she feels better.
I sure hope your mom finds relief from her new pain quickly.View Thread
It was just yesterday I was telling someone it's all just too much for me to deal with. My house needs too many repairs, let alone cleaning and gardening, for me to keep up with any more. No money to hire helpers. The pain and fatigue can get us down.
I guess we are forced to accept a new norm for ourselves. I have to accept that doing things will be painful and the day after will be spent recovering from the doing of things, lol.
I know my furry pets are a source of comfort for me. They don't care if I slow down a lot, in fact they prefer it. However, I lost my oldest cat a couple weeks ago, and that was very rough emotionally, as well as causing an RA flare. The love of pets is worth the pain of losing them though.
I hope you can find joy in your life. I'm sure you deserve to have happy days!View Thread
Hi Haysed. Some people actually have both diseases! Sometimes the treatments are the same if you're lucky. It can take a while, and lots of testing, to figure this stuff out. You must feel lousy right now, wrestling with all those symptoms. Best wishes.View Thread
Did she talk about other blood test results? It's pretty common for people to have RA and a negative RA Factor, and even other negative tests. Usually though, there is pain in multiple joints, very often fatigue, dry eyes, etc. I advise you do some reading about RA and other joint diseases. I also advise you to get a second opinion if you have doubts about starting mtx.
Perhaps a doctor could draw some fluid out of that joint and analyze it.