I had a lot of the same symptoms before I was diagnosed. I was sent from Dr. to Dr. before having a blood test for RA. I would go to your family doctor and ask to have the RA blood test and antibodies test. These test dont prove or disprove you have RA but can get on the right path.View Thread
Its funny that you say you have heavyness. I was explaining to some of my friends what it feels like to have RA and one of the feeling I described was heavyness and slowness. This is the analgy that I used: Its like your whole body is submerged underwater and you are trying to walk. There is greater pressure under water and your limbs get really tired really quick. Swimming under water is easy, trying to walk and do daily functions isnt. Your body gets really worn out really quick.
Im not sure about the numbers but I can def identify with your hands and knuckles hurting. I FINALLY found something to help relieve some of the pain, redness & swelling. Just dont laugh!
First grab a large ace bandage, the one that is 4" or 6" and wrap it around your knuckles and wrist once or twice. Just enough to put a barrier between your skin and the ice pack. then grab a small, flexible ice pack (I use the gel eye mask because its small and bends around my hand) and put it on top of your knuckles. Now finish wrapping the Ace bandage around your hand.
This is such a great way to help with the pain because it numbs your hand some plus you can still use your fingers. I wear it almost every night and can do chores and cooking. It kinda looks like your fixing to boxing match though! Hope this helps View Thread
I was just diagnosed with RA last week. I have taken my first dose of MTX and will take my second tomorrow. What should I expect to happen in the first couple months?
My body hurts more and more each day. Its like I can feel it spreading. Last week I had virtually no pain in my knees and this morning I could barely get out of bed and walk. Can RA spread that quick?
I also noticed a slow down on the hair on my legs. Surely the MTX wouldnt be causing a lack of hair growth this quick? Right? I also taking 1mg of folic.
When I first take the MTX I am fine but after an hour or so Im in and out of sleep. Its like Im awake 20 minutes then asleep for 20 minutes. This seems to last for a day or two.
I have been writing on my blog about my days and what I am experiencing. You can check it out at borntobeblonde.com. I hope I am fairly normal with my symptoms and pains. I am also really lucky that I have a great relationship with my GP and he perscribed me pain pills. I just dont want to get addicted and I only take them when I am in dire need.
Also, will I be able to do the same work? I am an office manager and I do most my work behind a desk. Some days are much easier than others but I dont know how my body will react to new treatment. Did you miss work, if so, how much? How often? I dont want to miss, I really love my job. But I think its important to let my employer know whats going on.
Do you have any other suggestions or tips? I am trying to be strong but Im so confused and I feel really guilty that my husband has to deal with this. I already suffer from MDD... and we have gone thru a lot the last couple years. He doesnt believe in pills... and Im the pill poppin queen (legally of course!). How do you handle your feelings of guilt? How do you know your pushing yourself too far and and how can you tell yourself to stop.
I am really upset about temporaly giving up my favorite hobby. I am an avid sewer and just bought an new embroidery machine. Its really difficult to load it though so I really havent been able to use it. Bummer. I feel like my hobbies have all been taken away from me, sewing, reading, playing with my phone... these activities all hurt my hands too much.
Thank you so much for listening! I hope to hear from you!!!!View Thread
Im so sorry! I just started taking MTX... tomorrow is my second dose. I am afraid that I might suffer from the hair loss too - but is it too soon to tell? I was really lucky and got a fantastic RA doc. Well, as far as I know he's great.
From past experiences with doctors perscribing me medication, you have got to research them. I researched all the drugs before the doctor even perscribed MTX to me. This is sad but you cant trust every doctor to be on your side, sometimes you really are just another appointment.
RA doctors are hard to find. If you live near the OKC area try Dr. Arthur at McBride Clinic. XOXO!View Thread